This year I was honoured to be asked to be the Ambassador for National Buddy Day. It is an initiative that is close to my heart…as a young girl I experienced bullying and witnessed first hand other kids in my school experience tough times due to torment in the school yard. I know the impact that school programs like the Better Buddy Framework have upon kids and research shows that one of the best ways to combat bullying is empowering kids to take care of other kids.
As part of my role as ambassador I got to visit Santa Sabina Primary School in Sydney last Friday. School visits for me are rewarding experiences, I am passionate about spreading positive messages to the children and youth of Australia. On my visit I got to see first hand the Better Buddy Framework in action, the buddies were so supportive and caring of one another and the teachers were enthusiastic and passionate about the program.
When I arrived I gave the older children special friendship bracelets and told them that they were a special symbol of friendship which meant they had a responsibility to look out for the younger kids in the schoolyard. Upon leaving they gave me a special teddy bear called “Buddy” who is the national Mascot for Buddy Day - how cute!
Thank you to The Alannah and Madeline Foundation and NAB for this special opportunity!