Movie night could make a world of difference

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Shelley Whittington from Destiny Rescue. Photo: Melinda Jane

Penrith locals are being called upon to unite as a community and make a difference this International Anti-Slavery Day.

Shining the light in the darkness of millions of children who are trafficked or trapped in sexual slavery, organisation Destiny Rescue is hosting a movie night fundraiser with the aim of raising enough funds to recuse a child out of slavery.

With one recuse costing $1,500, Community Partnership Manager from Destiny Rescue, Shelley Whittington, said she was proud the organisation had already rescued over 3,000 kids.

“We work with police overseas and we also have rescue agents that go into bars and brothels and pinpoint the young kids and then we work with case workers to get them out,” she said.

“We rescue in seven different countries including the Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Dominican Republic, India and, as of a couple of weeks ago, Nepal.”

With the night to be held at the Jordan Springs Community Hall on October 18, movie goers will get to watch the thought provoking film, ‘I Am A Girl’.

“I think it’s a great way to raise awareness about this in the local community,” Ms Whittington said.

“Penrith is a really great community with lots of generous people who actually care about these issues overseas. I love the idea that I’m going to be part of rescuing a child on International Anti-Slavery Day.”

Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased at tinyurl.com/dr-movienight.

Lauren Suttie

Lauren Suttie is the Weekender’s General & Community News journalist.

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