At the invitation of my dear friend Tom Oliver I attended a fundraising evening held by Connecting hands in Melbourne.
To hear Somaly Mam speak about her experiences and the experiences of so many children at the hands of traffickers filled me with an intense anger and desire to do SOMETHING to fight back against this disgusting abuse.
Thank you to all at Connecting Hands for bringing this important issue to my attention and thank you Somaly for making me see that, with Love and generosity, we can all make a difference and stop this scourge on humanity.”
Dear Kate & Deb
I just want to let you know how much I enjoyed participating in the Connecting Hands Dinner Launch held on the 26th of February 2011. While the stories relayed on the night were both confronting and heartbreaking, it was inspiring to hear about what was being done to help and rehabilitate the victims of sex trafficking in Cambodia. One of the most poignant moments of the night was when Somaly and Sina spoke of their personal experiences, and the impact on the audience was obvious. It was also great to witness the generous support of the people in the room as they bid for the auction items that were so kindly donated by sponsors. Congratulations for putting on such a wonderful event.
I felt sick.. it was harrowing to hear the stories of Somaly & Sina, but I was in awe of and inspired by their bravery and devotion to the 1000’s of children they have dedicated their lives to saving..I am thankful to know there are such incredible people working tirelessly on the ground to make a difference to this abhorrent industry, imagine how much more of a difference they could make if they had more support..with the help & support given by the amazing team that are ‘Connecting Hands’.. I am completely comfortable that the donations go directly to and DO make a difference to the resources they seek….proud of you guys, keep up the amazing work…
“This is an evil industry that does not belong in our world’
With all the evil in the world, what you are doing means a lot to me. It’s people like you who help me sleep at night, knowing that there is at least a balance in the world.
In a perfect world, no child would ever be abused, or raped, or bought and sold into sexual slavery. Sadly, we don’t live in a perfect world, and these horrors are being committed every day. At a recent fund raising dinner for Connecting Hands, we were moved by first hand stories of terrifying abuse of little girls as young as five, but we were also inspired by stories of rescue and triumph. These young women, survivors themselves of human trafficking, are working with Connecting Hands in Australia to raise money to liberate these children. They are working to restore their health, their trust, and to give them skills that will equip them for a different and better life. There is no way to measure the importance of this work, and I encourage everyone to contribute to its continuing success.