Above: Calgary Flame Theo Fleury at the opening of the Be Brave Ranch in 2014. COVID-19 safety precautions have created a growing waiting list of children and families impacted by child sexual abuse and in need of support. – Morinville Online Archive Photo
by Stephen Dafoe
Little Warriors say they are in “desperate need of $1 million in funding” for their new Be Brave Bridge program, a comprehensive online program created to tackle the growing waiting list of children and families impacted by child sexual abuse and in need of support.
Little Warriors is a charitable organization focused on the awareness, prevention and treatment of child sexual abuse. Each year their Be Brave Ranch welcomes approximately 100 sexually abused children and teens from across Canada.
With the Ranch shut down due to COVID-19 safety measures—Little Warriors says the need for additional support became very apparent. “Right now, children are stuck at home making them more vulnerable than ever,” said Founder and Board Chair Glori Meldrum. “The urgency to get these children immediate support is critical.”
The Be Brave Bridge online program connects specialized counsellors and therapists with children, teens and parents impacted by child sexual abuse who might not otherwise receive timely mental health support.
Meldrum says she hopes Be Brave Bridge will become part of an ongoing program to help children and youth before they come to the Be Brave Ranch. But to do so, they will need the funding.
A Little Warriors supporter has offered to match donations up to $250,000.00.
Donations can be made to support the Be Brave Bridge online at littlewarriors.ca