Riding to educate and protect trafficked people
Former professional rugby league player, Brisbane Broncos’ Nick Kenny*, left Darwin on his bicycle on 1 June; he plans to reach Adelaide on 10 July. The 3,000 km trek is part of Project Futures’ ‘Stella Fella’ campaign that raises money and awareness of the realities that face trafficked people.
Project Futures have so far raised more than $327,000 for The Salvation Army’s ‘Trafficking and Slavery Safe House’ (which opened in 2008) and for the ‘Freedom Advocates’ – people who have survived the ordeal of being trafficked and have received coaching to help them build their public speaking skills, the better to advocate for others.
These kind of events are vital to raise funds and awareness, explains Ann Sathasivam, as ‘the money donated enables innovation such as upskilling the Freedom Advocates’.
‘A lot of people don’t realise that individuals who have survived a trafficking experience endure post –traumatic stress, and have a need for ongoing support and counselling.
‘Ultimately this helps them take a significant leap forward, helping them spread their message of hope. They are from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and there is a lot of work required to help restore a person’s confidence and self-belief, and prepare someone to speak in front of hundreds of people.’
* Nick Kenny retired from rugby league in 2011, having reached national selection in the Kangaroos’ ‘train on squad’ in 2009. Working as a physiotherapist throughout the Gulf and Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory, in both Occupational Health and remote Indigenous health care, Mr Kenny has also been an ambassador for Project Futures for three years.
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