Campaign urges people to stand by victims of bullying

"DON'T let them fight it alone".

That's the idea behind the winning anti-bullying campaign created during the Inspiring Change Challenge. The winning team was The Nightcap Rangers from Emmanuel Anglican College.

Students involved were Henry Einfeld, Jack Lyndon, Isaac McCliske-Miles, Mackenzie Muller and Aidan Rajaratnam.

Clare Southwell from Third & Public, who organised the Inspiring Change Challenge, said their anti-bullying campaign was aimed at bystanders.

"Their idea was based upon the fact that there is usually more bystanders present than there are bullies, and that it only take one person to make a difference," she said.

The winning team of the Inspiring Change Challenge was The Nightcap Rangers from Emmanuel Anglican College. The team consisted of Henry Einfeld, Jack Lyndon, Isaac McCliske-Miles, Mackenzie Muller and Aidan Rajaratnam.
The winning team of the Inspiring Change Challenge was The Nightcap Rangers from Emmanuel Anglican College. The team consisted of Henry Einfeld, Jack Lyndon, Isaac McCliske-Miles, Mackenzie Muller and Aidan Rajaratnam. Contributed

"Evidence shows that bystanders can actually stop a bullying incident within 10 seconds, and although in 90% of bullying cases there are bystanders present, only 20% of people actually do something.

"Their message of not letting people fight it alone is a really strong statement that I believe will make bystanders think twice the next time they see someone being bullied."

The finals of the Inspiring Change Challenge were held at the Ballina RSL Club on Wednesday night, with Masterchef finalist Lynton Tapp and The Northern Star's general manager Philip Clynes on the judging panel.

Ms Southwell said all the teams did a great job, and choosing a winner was a tough decision.

"We are really happy with the winning concept and I am now looking forward to working with the kids and Craig Parry to bring the campaign to life," she said.

Over the next three months, Ms Southwell and renowned Lennox Head-based photographer Craig Parry will work with the winning Emmanuel students to get their campaign ready for TV, radio and print media.

Two students, Ebonie Cooper and Steven Martin, were given the Inspiring Student Award for their commitment and dedication which inspired their peers and judges.

Secondary schools that want to get involved next year can email clare@thirdandpublic.com.



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