A public awareness campaign aimed at protecting children before and after they are born was held at the post office square in Esperance on Friday.
The Esperance Local Drug Action Group held its third annual Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder awareness day, featuring a nine-minute flash mob “pregnant pause” encouraging women not to drink while pregnant.
The group also held a white balloon event as part of the Braveheart campaign to support victims of child sexual assault and generate awareness about the issue.
Gumtree church pastor Warren Harvey said both themes fitted well together as part of Child Protection Week. He said the FASD campaign was creating more interest about the issue since it first started in Esperance three years ago.
He said another 10 communities in WA had also started their own FASD awareness days. Pastor Harvey said the only way to prevent FASD was not to drink alcohol during pregnancy.
“We take a no-blame approach because women are still misinformed or uninformed about FASD,” he said. He said more work needed to be done to support children who had FASD.