Local university students, Samantha Willcocks and Rachele Wilson, will be holding a fundraiser event for Free to Shine, an Australian charity that provides children and young women at risk of sex slavery and human trafficking in Cambodia with education scholarships. Sam and Rachele will be climbing five mountains — Ngungun, Tibrogargan, Coolum, Cooroorah and Tinbeerwah — from Friday 28 to Sunday 30 September to raise awareness and much needed funds for the girls in Cambodia.
Sam and Rachele are close friends of Nicky Mih, CEO and founder of Free to Shine, who visits the girls regularly to check on their progress and identify more girls who are at risk and in need of assistance.
Free to Shine currently provides scholarships to 44 girls, each selected from one of 24 poverty stricken villages in rural Cambodia, and another 56 girls have been selected for their next intake. The funds raised from this event will go into their university scholarship program, due to begin during the 2012-13 year, which will focus on survivors from Cambodia, and potentially India and Nepal, who want to gain qualifications to play an integral role in assisting other survivors and preventing primary and high school girls from being trafficked.
The event is called ‘5 Mountains in 3 Days’ and they’re currently looking for more volunteers to sign up for the challenge. For more information, visit www.tinyurl.com/
Image with children in Cambodia and woman on crutches is Nicky, and the beach shot from left to right is: Rachele Wilson, volunteer Sam Hancock, CEO Nicky Mih, Zakiya Willcocks-Okoth (Sam W daughter), Sam Willcocks, and volunteer Megan Macholf.
To learn more about Free to Shine go to www.free-to-shine.org“