Festival reaches out to kick bullying to the kerb
BULLYING once led Emma Green (formerly Thompson) to close her business.
But now she is thanking the online support organisation Reach Out for helping her during a sad and difficult time in her life.
The Freedom Festival will be held this month and it hopes to raise $100,000 to go towards services for people who suffer from bullying and addictions.
Organisers Ms Green and Ben McGuirk are dedicating all of their time to organising the event.
Ms Green said she turned to Reach Out after she closed her business.
"I felt that they really helped me and so now I want to help them," she said.
"Their services are unreal."
She said the online abuse at the time was constant.
"You can block them but people like that just don't stop, they find a way to keep on going," Ms Green said.
"It was mean and I'm not a mean person so I couldn't understand it.
"I thought it was upsetting that people have those thought patterns to keep on belittling people even though they don't even know them."
Ms Green and Mr McGuire have already secured reality TV stars the Bogan Hunters and four Home and Away actors to attend the event.
There will also be rides and live music.
The Freedom Festival will be held on March 21 at the Gladstone Showgrounds.
- Held on March 21
- Live music, food, rides
- Stars from Home and Away and the Bogan Hunters will entertain festival-goers
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