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Painting a nail can help end violence against children

Have you seen men and women walking around with a blue nail of late? Know of Polished Man but not really sure what it’s about?

The movement was born in 2014, when ygap founder met young orphan girl Thea, in Cambodia. While visiting Thea’s orphanage the Hagar International, he bonded with the child playing naughts and crosses, and she later painted his nails blue. In her previous orphanage, Thea had been physically and sexually assaulted on a daily basis by the orphan director. When he later learned Thea’s story, he decided to paint one nail blue in her memory. From this, the Polished Man came about.

Consider these stats:

  • 1 in 5 children dies every 5 minutes as a result of violence
  • 1 in 26 children are affected by violence in Australia, which equates to one child in every classroom.
  • 150 million girls and 73 million boys under the age of 18 globally are victims of sexual violence.

Polished Man is an initiative to stop this. They give men, women, businesses – everyone the opportunity to make a real change. In embracing a painted nail throughout the month of October, men and women are showing the world they say no to violence against children, supporting those who are vulnerable.

The campaign now in its fourth year and a global campaign with celebrities all around the world involved, starting here in Melbourne and has raised over $3.4 million USD to date and seen over 100,000 people from 100 countries around the world participate.

Where does the money go?

All funds raised through Polished Man are channelled into trauma recovery and trauma prevention programs for children who have suffered or are at risk of suffering from violence globally.

These include YGAP impact entrepreneurs running ventures that target a major root cause of violence against children or provide emergency relief to those that have survived physical and/or sexual violence.

Funds are also channelled into some incredible work being carried out by:

  • New York Centre for Children
  • ygap
  • The Survivors and Mates Support Network
  • Australian Childhood Foundation
  • Hagar

How can you help?

Obviously you too can paint your nail this October via Polished Man (do it right now), we are also running some epic fundraisers with our friends and would love to see you getting involved.

Rise Nation x Polished Man Weekend (Melbourne) October 5th & 6th

Come and try Hollywood’s hottest workout in South Yarra this Saturday October 5th & Sunday 6th October; there are classes all morning on as normal but a special Polished Man specific climb at 1pm on Saturday – grab your free spot now https://www.risenation.com.au/timetable)

Merrywell Bottomless Lunch Fundraiser proudly hosted by Tully Lou (Crown Melbourne) | Sunday October 27th

Join your girl Tully Lou and her gal pals Rozalia Russian and Lisa Hamilton (AKA @seewantshop) for a bottomless lunch at Merrywell Bar and Dining talking all thing business challenges, work life balance, tips for business and Instagram – Grab your gals and book here: Bottomless Lunch

Result Based Training x Polished Man Fitness Bootcamps (Australia Wide) | Saturday October 19th & Saturday October 26th

The first gym to create a fitness fundraiser for Polished Man in the first year, the team are carrying on the tradition with multiple locations taking part by running boot camps for everyone, no need to be a member or sign-up, just come along with your friend, your work colleague and get sweaty for a good cause.

Saturday October 19th :
RBT South Melbourne: 8.00am
RBT North Melbourne: 8.00am

Saturday October 26th:
RBT Balcatta: 7.30am
RBT Canning Vale: 7.30am
RBT Myaree: 7.30am
RBT Blackburn: 8.00am
RBT Collingwood: 8.00am
RBT Brunswick: 8.00am
RBT Hawthorn: 8.30am

You too can help this initiative, because it shouldn’t hurt to be a child…..Help end violence against children.



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