The late Allison Baden-Clay.
The late Allison Baden-Clay. Contributed

Allison Baden-Clay would want you to show kindness

CAN you strive to be kind today?

In honour of the late Allison Baden-Clay, her friends and family are calling on Ipswich residents to perform an act of kindness in her memory on Strive to be Kind Day.

Allison's cousin and board member for the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation and The Swichettes, Karlie Bulow, said today was about honouring the memory of a "kind, loving" woman.

Ms Bulow said people were encouraged to buy a yellow ribbon, make a donation or to simply wear yellow to mark Strive to be Kind Day.

"Strive to be Kind campaign aims to raise funds to support the Allison Baden Clay Foundation to develop and implement an App which will both educate as well as be a crisis notification tool for use by those at risk of harm," she said.

"In addition, one of our long term goals is to have an educational program aligned with the National Australian Curriculum for schools, both primary and secondary, colleges and universities.

Members of the 2015 Switchsweats' Park 2 Park team Anne-Maree Savige (left) and Karlie Bulow with children from left, Tommy Savige (2), Isabel Savige (4), Georgia Bulow (4) and Darcy Bulow (2). The Switchettes will be wearing yellow to honour Allison in the race again this year.
Members of the 2015 Switchsweats' Park 2 Park team Anne-Maree Savige (left) and Karlie Bulow with children from left, Tommy Savige (2), Isabel Savige (4), Georgia Bulow (4) and Darcy Bulow (2). The Switchettes will be wearing yellow to honour Allison in the race again this year. David Nielsen

"Educating and empowering people in schools, workplaces and the community about respectful relationships, how to recognise and deal with unhealthy relationships and understanding domestic violence in all its forms are all areas in which we will focus in the coming months."

She said the day was also about raising funds for children who had experienced traumatic circumstances, such as the death of a family member.

Allison's daughters were 10, 8 and 5 when their mother vanished.

"First and foremost, children need a safe and secure home, with carers that love and protect them," the Allison Baden-Clay Foundation website states.

"They need to have a sense of routine and stability within the home so that they know it is a place of comfort, help and support.

"For too many children, home is far from a safe haven. Every year, hundreds of millions of children are exposed to violence, whether in the home or without, and this has a powerful and profound impact on their lives and hopes for the future."

Ms Bulow said The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation hoped raising awareness about her story would help others reach out for help.

For more about Strive to be Kind Day visit The Allison Baden-Clay Foundation website.


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