The latest, fantastic initiative by Melbourne born organisation YGAP (Y-Generation Against Poverty). Between 1-15 September, prepare to see the men of Melbourne, and beyond, getting around with one painted nail.
Polished Man aims to bring together a community of men prepared to end violence against children. With the campaign launching in early August, the initiative encourages men to paint a nail from September 1 – 15 to raise awareness of sexual and physical violence against children and how men can become leaders in ending this violence. So make sure to spread this with the important men in your life.
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July 2014; Violence against children is a global problem and it is pervasive in Australia. Approximately 90% of violence against children is perpetrated by men. Polished Man is an innovative campaign to challenge men to help end violence against children. By wearing nail polish, we will challenge men to raise the conversation of violence and become positive role models.
Polished Man has been initiated by not-for-profit organisation YGAP. YGAP is an incubator for social change with an aim to inspire social entrepreneurs to end poverty through youth education and youth leadership. YGAP use creative fundraising and innovative social enterprising to support projects across Australia, Asia and Africa and, since its inception in 2008, has impacted over 30,000 young people's lives.
In 2013 YGAP Founder and CEO, Elliot Costello, had an experience that changed him forever. He was in Phnom Penh, Cambodia with YGAP’s partner organisation Hagar International, when he met 10-year-old Thea. They built a great friendship and before leaving, Thea held Elliot’s hands and drew a love heart on his palm and coloured all his fingernails blue.
Thea’s heartbreaking life story is the origin behind Polished Man. Her father passed away when was she was eight years old, with no breadwinner, her mother was unable to look after her. Her mother made the difficult choice or taking Thea to a ‘safe house’ in Siem Reap. Tragically, Thea was given everything but a safe refuge. She was under the care of a foreign benefactor, who was a pedophile. Thea was sexually and violently abused for two years. Hagar International helped rescue her and have been working to mend her life, her heart and her smile.
It’s nine months later and Elliot still keeps one nail painted. At first it was in memory of meeting Thea. Now it’s in anticipation and hope for the future. “Thea had done more than make an impression on my hand, she’d made an indelible mark on my heart”, Elliot said.
Polished Man aims to bring together a community of men prepared to end violence against children. With the campaign launching in early August, the initiative encourages men to paint a nail from September 1st – 15th to raise awareness of sexual and physical violence against children and how men can become leaders in ending this violence.
High profile Australian identities and sporting icons from within our community will show their commitment to the campaign as Polished Man ambassadors, proudly painting their nails for the cause.
Along with support from internationally recognised talent, these men are now proud to be a part of a community of Polished Men.
All funds raised during the Polished Man campaign will contribute to preventative measures to address violence against children.
YGAP will support local social entrepreneurs in their networks, whilst supporting selected projects through Cambodian partner Hagar International and soon to be announced Australian partner.