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The Community Brave Foundation has launched its latest anti-bullying video featuring the Sydney Swans at a sold out event of the powerful US Documentary – BULLY. The special advanced screening in Sydney last night was hosted by Shelly Horton and featured inspiring speeches from Charlotte Dawson and Adam Williams, proud supporters of The Community Brave Foundation.
Recently the Sydney Swans participated in a video focused on affirming the anti-bullying message to young people of Australia, echoing the strong messages that bullying has no place in our society. The video features star players Tommy Walsh, Nick Smith and Shane Mumford.
Foundation chairman, Rami Mandow, commented on the video stating “Having an anti-bullying message come from a high profile team such as the Sydney Swans really helps affirm the message to a larger and more diverse audience. These guys are role models to lots of young people and if this message can be delivered to these young people through video and social media, then we can really start to hope that we are getting through to not just the victims of bullying, but also the bystanders and the bullies themselves.
“We wanted to premiere the Swans video on the same night as our screening of BULLY as we wanted to link our message of not standing by and being complacent with the great sportsmanship shown by the Sydney Swans.”
The film BULLY, by Emmy award winning director Lee Hirsch is a character-driven documentary, following the lives of several US families and their bullying experiences. Created to stir up emotions, last nights screening had attendees on a rollercoaster of emotions – from crying to cheering, as the film portrayed the stories of young people who experience bullying and parents who have lost their children through suicide due to bullying.
“The film is confronting, alarming and will make you cry,” said Mandow “but it’s time we used these raw emotions to awaken the nation to the alarming epidemic that is sweeping across the globe. It’s time we, as a society, all contribute and work towards a solution to fix this problem. It’s everyone’s responsibility”.
Mandow recently was invited to participate in a discussion with the Minister of Education, The Hon. Peter Garrett MP on Ten Late News about this film, and a new national strategy against bullying the government has recently introduced.
Charlotte Dawson and Adam Williams both shared their personal experiences of online and offline bullying at the film screening drawing large applause from the audience for their contribution to The Community Brave Foundation and helping fight bullying in Australia.