Polished Man | Protect Vulnerable Children Campaign

Polished Man | Protect Vulnerable Children Campaign

This October we challenge men (and women) to paint one fingernail to represent the 1 child that dies every 5 minutes as a result of violence.

1 CHILD DIES EVERY 5 MINUTES AS A RESULT OF VIOLENCE.

THAT’S 1 TOO MANY. JOIN US, AS A TEAM OR AS AN INDIVIDUAL, AND HELP END VIOLENCE AGAINST CHILDREN.

​WHAT IS POLISHED MAN?


A campaign. A movement. A commitment.

This October we challenge men (and women) to paint one fingernail Polished Man Blue to represent the 1 child that dies every 5 minutes as a result of violence.

Melbourne That nail starts a conversation.
Melbourne A conversation that inspires a donation.
Melbourne A donation that allows for prevention and protection.

And it ends when no child suffers from violence.
Because it shouldn’t hurt to be a child.

Nail it to end it.

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WHO IS A POLISHED MAN?


Being a Polished Man means you paint one fingernail and take a stand to protect the world’s most vulnerable; children.

You don’t shy away from difficult conversations or turn your back on an uncomfortable issue. You step up as a leader, because violence is never acceptable. You lead by example and use your influence to raise funds and awareness to end violence against children for good.

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HOW IT WORKS



1 Sign up.
Start a team with your work mates, sporting mates, mate mates or as an individual. Simply register online, fill in your profile and we’ll send you everything you need.

2 Kick start.
Set a fundraising target and kick off your fundraising by donating $50 to your own page. People are 50% more likely to donate if there’s an amount already there.

3 Nail it.
Paint your nail Polished Man Blue from October 1, nominate your friends using the template, and start raising awareness and funds.

4 End it.
Awareness is very important, but donations allow us to have a real impact through trauma recovery and prevention services. If you need tips on how to ask for donations we have that covered too.

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WHY MEN?


Almost 90% of sexual violence against children is perpetrated by men, but Polished Man is not about pointing the finger. It’s about empowerment and celebrating the men who speak up and take action.

While most men do not commit violence, all men can play a role in addressing it.

We ask men (and women too!) to unite and lead by example to protect society’s most vulnerable citizens and our future leaders.

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WHY NAIL POLISH?


It started with a girl named Thea.

When she was eight years old, her father – the family’s sole income earner – passed away, leaving Thea and her family without any money. Thea’s mother made the unbearable decision to send her to an orphanage, hoping to give her safe refuge. Instead, Thea was physically and sexually assaulted, every day for two years by the very man who was supposed to be taking care of her.

YGAP’s CEO, Elliot Costello met Thea while visiting Polished Man partner Hagar International in Cambodia. She had recently been rescued and Elliot was one of the first westerners she’d met since. They bonded over naughts and crosses and when it came time to leave, Thea took Elliot’s hand and drew a love heart on his palm and then painted his fingernails blue. The next day, Elliot heard Thea’s story. On that day, he made the decision to always paint one nail to remember her. When Elliot later heard that 1 child dies every 5 minutes as a result of violence – violence just like Thea had suffered – he took action.

And Polished Man was born.

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WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?



Our mission is to end violence against children, for good. We don’t want to create another Band-Aid solution; we want to have a lasting impact. That’s why we focus on tackling a major root cause of violence against children: poverty.

The majority of children who fall victim to violence live without access to a quality education or health care services, live in an unsafe home, or have parents facing unemployment.

All funds raised through Polished Man are channeled into trauma recovery and trauma prevention programs for children who have suffered or are at risk of suffering 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 channeled into some incredible work being carried out by the Australian Childhood Foundation, Hagar Australia, the New York Centre for Children and World Vision Australia.

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