I must first apologise for the very much failed attempt at regular blogging made evident by the posts on this page…oops! There is no excuse – perhaps other than feeling that a 23 year old student teacher may not have an awful lot of helpful input into the world! Despite this, I have been overwhelmed by the amount of people who have said they visit this site and so I feel I must…eh….blog on, at least to highlight some important things I feel people may be interested in!
So for tonight – COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS. Anyone who knows me even just a little bit knows how much of a fan of Christmas I am. The hope, the story, the music, the smells, the sights, the events…love it all. So I have teamed this with my passion to see the abolition of modern day slavery in organising an anti-trafficking initiative you may be interested in.
Christmas is a time when most of us get a few days (or weeks!) off work or school/university. Sadly, trafficking doesn’t take a holiday. In fact, there are ways in which it will worsen over this period. People facing job loss, relational difficulties or other distressing situations will find themselves more vulnerable to being picked up by traffickers or even lured by the ‘attraction’ of the trade. Our Western increased consummation of all things luxurious creates more of a demand in factories and trades that involve slaves and unfairly treated labourers. We will have more time on our hands and the demand for prostitution and pornography will increase over the holiday period.
I have often found myself in tears of despair over this darkness – how can something so evil exist in our world?
I know many of you feel the same way and I have been overwhelmed by the response from so many of you wanting to know more, wanting to get involved, wanting to join the fight. There are countless ways to do this; talking to our families, friends and colleagues and thus raising awareness is a massive tool in the abolishing of modern day slavery. Using our platforms where we are, in our offices, our schools, our staffrooms, our mums and tots clubs, our gyms, etc… is vital. Similarly, using the gifts we have been given is so important – writing songs, producing films, bringing this into politics, writing about it, organising fundraising events, using visual art, caring for victims, breaking them free, educating future generations…the list goes on and it has been wonderful to see how you are lengthening it!
Something that those of us who are so privileged to have roofs over our heads, food to eat, people around us to call friends, and Christmas celebrations to look forward to can do together is supporting anti-trafficking organisations.
http://www.love146.org has been instrumental in forming my own knowledge and passion concerning human trafficking and so I have decided to organise a fundraiser for them.
What’s the deal? From the 1st of December until the 24th, we are each giving something up that is part of daily or weeky lives, a luxury – grocery product, a cinema habit, a shopping habit, take aways, etc… and giving the money we save to Love 146 to save the lives of trafficking victims. Some people are giving up their morning coffees, some are giving up eating out, some are giving up buying new clothes…it can be as big or as small as you’d like it to be. There is also no pressure to join for all of the 24 days – whatever you can do is SO very much appreciated.
So simple, yet if a lot of us get on board, we can make a difference. Nearly 120 people have joined so far – and I am confident more will! If you are up for it, please send me an email or contact me over Facebook. Would LOVE to hear from you!
“We feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” – Mother Teresa