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Amidst the stature and elegance of Doltone House at Jones Bay Wharf, we invite you to join us for our inaugural High Tea to be hosted on Sunday 12 November in Sydney.

Between sips of perfectly blended tea, mouthfuls of deliciously handcrafted sweet treats and playful fundraising antics, we begin our exploration of the very serious issue of forced and early marriage in Australia.

Forced and early marriage affects millions of girls, women (and boys) globally, and unfortunately Australia is no exception. You will hear from a panel of three experienced speakers offering their unique perspectives on the issue and how we can address it.

This event is an opportunity for men, women and children to come together to learn and grow as a community, for without the respect of all who live and love, we will not see change.

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Venue:                        Doltone House, Jones Bay Wharf                                                      Level 3, 26-32 Pirrama Rd, Pyrmont

Time:                           1pm – 4pm (Pre-Drinks from 1230pm)

Ticket Price:         $95 per person | $85 for children*

                                          $900 for a table of 10 | $720 for 8

Inclusions:             Unlimited champagne PLUS                                                                  tea, coffee and a delicious display of                                              sweet and savoury treats

Attire:                        Your Sunday Best 

* Please note, children must be over the age of 12 and accompanied by an adult.

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MEET OUR PANELISTS

LAURA VIDAL National Projects Co-ordinator at The Freedom Partnership- to end modern slavery and early & forced marriage specialist Laura Vidal is a Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law and Policy, a Churchill Fellow and a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers. For eight years, she has dedicated her time to supporting men, women and children who have experienced human trafficking and slavery in Australia, with a current focus on developing best practice solutions for individuals facing early and forced marriage. She worked as a social worker developing and delivering support programs to survivors at The Salvation Army’s Trafficking and Slavery Safe House for four years, before taking on the position of National Projects Coordinator for The Freedom Partnership-to End Modern Slavery in 2014. During this time, Laura also travelled to Jordan on assignment with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to provide technical assistance and training for government, embassies and community organisations working with exploited migrant domestic workers.

LAURA VIDAL

National Projects Co-ordinator at The Freedom Partnership- to end modern slavery and early & forced marriage specialist

Laura Vidal is a Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law and Policy, a Churchill Fellow and a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers.

For eight years, she has dedicated her time to supporting men, women and children who have experienced human trafficking and slavery in Australia, with a current focus on developing best practice solutions for individuals facing early and forced marriage.

She worked as a social worker developing and delivering support programs to survivors at The Salvation Army’s Trafficking and Slavery Safe House for four years, before taking on the position of National Projects Coordinator for The Freedom Partnership-to End Modern Slavery in 2014.

During this time, Laura also travelled to Jordan on assignment with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to provide technical assistance and training for government, embassies and community organisations working with exploited migrant domestic workers.

HELEN THURLOE Writer | Poet | Author Helen is an award-winning Australian writer. Promising Azra is her first novel, and was published by Allen & Unwin in 2016. Based on extensive research, interviews, legal cases and anecdotes, the story explores the issue of forced child marriage in contemporary Australia, through the eyes of a fictional girl, Azra Ajmal.  Azra is a sixteen-year-old with a particular talent for science, whose final years of high school are derailed when she learns she is about to be married to a cousin overseas. Promising Azra was shortlisted for a 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Award. Helen has worked in many fields, from politics to PR, and has also taught creative writing to students at Birrong Girls High School in Sydney. Her poems, essays and blogs have won various national awards. Helen is currently working on her second novel, about women and malaria in 18th Century England.  

HELEN THURLOE

Writer | Poet | Author

Helen is an award-winning Australian writer.

Promising Azra is her first novel, and was published by Allen & Unwin in 2016. Based on extensive research, interviews, legal cases and anecdotes, the story explores the issue of forced child marriage in contemporary Australia, through the eyes of a fictional girl, Azra Ajmal. 

Azra is a sixteen-year-old with a particular talent for science, whose final years of high school are derailed when she learns she is about to be married to a cousin overseas. Promising Azra was shortlisted for a 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Award.

Helen has worked in many fields, from politics to PR, and has also taught creative writing to students at Birrong Girls High School in Sydney.

Her poems, essays and blogs have won various national awards. Helen is currently working on her second novel, about women and malaria in 18th Century England.

 

DANIEL EVANS Detective Superintendent at the Australian Federal Police Detective Superintendent Daniel Evans is the Coordinator in charge of the Australian Federal Police, Crime Operations-Victim Based Crime portfolio in New South Wales. This portfolio is responsible for providing a law enforcement response to a range of crime types includingpeople smuggling, human trafficking, child sex offences, unauthorised disclosure, war crimes, electoral fraud and other Commonwealth offences including corruption and politically sensitive referrals Daniel has a Masters in Leadership and Management (Policing) and a diverse history in the victim based crime area which includes time in people smuggling, child protection and as the Liaison Officer based in Sri Lanka with responsibility for Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Maldives. In this role Daniel developed and delivered the first South Asia People Smuggling and Human Trafficking Conference in Bangladesh which brought nine countries together to combat the threat to the region.

DANIEL EVANS

Detective Superintendent at the Australian Federal Police

Detective Superintendent Daniel Evans is the Coordinator in charge of the Australian Federal Police, Crime Operations-Victim Based Crime portfolio in New South Wales.

This portfolio is responsible for providing a law enforcement response to a range of crime types includingpeople smuggling, human trafficking, child sex offences, unauthorised disclosure, war crimes, electoral fraud and other Commonwealth offences including corruption and politically sensitive referrals

Daniel has a Masters in Leadership and Management (Policing) and a diverse history in the victim based crime area which includes time in people smuggling, child protection and as the Liaison Officer based in Sri Lanka with responsibility for Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and the Maldives.

In this role Daniel developed and delivered the first South Asia People Smuggling and Human Trafficking Conference in Bangladesh which brought nine countries together to combat the threat to the region.


STEVEN KHALIL CHARITY TEE TO |  LAUNCHED AT HIGH TEA EVENT

In collaboration with Steven Khalil and Citizen Wolf, PROJECT FUTURES will officially launch an exclusively designed tee to raise awareness of crimes that deprive women and children of their freedom and dignity in Australia and abroad.

Steven Khalil is recognised as one of Australia’s leading designers specialising in red carpet and bridal gowns. His designs are renowned for their elegance and beauty, combining classical elements of bygone eras with a contemporary edge and what he has envisaged for this tee is no exception.

The tee is available for pre-order now, but will be available for purchase and pick up for the first time at the High Tea.


Watch a recent video produced by SBS Viceland on the 1 August 2017 to learn about the issue as it affects girls living in Sydney.

OUR SPONSORS

As one of Australia’s leading and fastest growing advisory and assurance providers, OCM assists organisations enhance their systems and procedures, strengthen controls and improve operating performance. OCM offer a comprehensive suite of Assurance, Governance, Risk Management & Compliance (GRC), Probity, Procurement and Workplace Conduct & Investigations (WCI) services to public sector and private clients across the Eastern seaboard. OCM specialists are unrivalled in their wealth and depth of knowledge and can provide you and your stakeholders with the best approach to even the most complex of undertakings through practical and sustainable recommendations.  

As one of Australia’s leading and fastest growing advisory and assurance providers, OCM assists organisations enhance their systems and procedures, strengthen controls and improve operating performance.

OCM offer a comprehensive suite of Assurance, Governance, Risk Management & Compliance (GRC), Probity, Procurement and Workplace Conduct & Investigations (WCI) services to public sector and private clients across the Eastern seaboard.

OCM specialists are unrivalled in their wealth and depth of knowledge and can provide you and your stakeholders with the best approach to even the most complex of undertakings through practical and sustainable recommendations.

 

St Johns Park Bowling Club was formed so that local people had the opportunity to play bowls in their own community, and bowls has remained at the heart of the Club ever since.  Like most bowling clubs around Australia, St Johns Park Bowling Club had humble beginnings. In 1951, a meeting was held among a group of local men with a shared vision of having a bowling green in the area. They pooled their resources, and with volunteer labour and donated materials, slowly created a green and club house. Today, the Club boasts two dining options (Xi Yan Asian & Swish Pub Grub), Baking Room, Pavilion Bar, function facilities, TAB and Sports Lounge, as well as a strong focus on supporting the charitable community.

St Johns Park Bowling Club was formed so that local people had the opportunity to play bowls in their own community, and bowls has remained at the heart of the Club ever since. 

Like most bowling clubs around Australia, St Johns Park Bowling Club had humble beginnings. In 1951, a meeting was held among a group of local men with a shared vision of having a bowling green in the area. They pooled their resources, and with volunteer labour and donated materials, slowly created a green and club house.

Today, the Club boasts two dining options (Xi Yan Asian & Swish Pub Grub), Baking Room, Pavilion Bar, function facilities, TAB and Sports Lounge, as well as a strong focus on supporting the charitable community.

From stationery to homewares, Cristina Re is one of Australia's leading designer giftware brands. The iconic company has established itself through a unique feminine style, decorative patterns and beautiful packaging. After 20 years of creating, the brand sells into over 1000 boutiques as well as major stores including David Jones, Office Works and Target to name a few.  Cristina is a combination of artist and successful entrepreneur. The philosophy behind her work is to create everyday objects that are both feminine and beautiful, and designed to make you feel good. Cristina is driven to inspire people through her work and ultimately help women and children throughout the world by giving back, joyfully supporting causes closest to her heart.

From stationery to homewares, Cristina Re is one of Australia's leading designer giftware brands. The iconic company has established itself through a unique feminine style, decorative patterns and beautiful packaging. After 20 years of creating, the brand sells into over 1000 boutiques as well as major stores including David Jones, Office Works and Target to name a few.

 Cristina is a combination of artist and successful entrepreneur. The philosophy behind her work is to create everyday objects that are both feminine and beautiful, and designed to make you feel good.

Cristina is driven to inspire people through her work and ultimately help women and children throughout the world by giving back, joyfully supporting causes closest to her heart.


OUR SUPPORTING BRANDS

We would like to thank the many companies and brands that have generously donated products, services or their time to help make the day an unforgettable experience.

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WHERE THE MONEY WILL GO

All proceeds from the event will be donated to our Australian Impact Partner, The Salvation Army's Trafficking and Slavery Safe House

The Safe House was established in 2008 in response to growing concern about the increasing number of women being brought to Australia for the purpose of exploitation and slavery across a range of industries. Since that time an increasing number of girls and young women have been seeking support in an effort to escape forced or early marriage. 

Women and young girls are assisted to overcome extreme disadvantage through a comprehensive supported accommodation service, complex case management and given help to navigate complex systems and social structures.

Case managers work with individuals to empower and strengthen their abilities, working toward a full realisation of their human rights. The Safe House simultaneously advocates for systemic change to decrease the barriers faced by individuals following exploitation; utilising a unique survivor led movement to do this.

Case Managers resource and guide clients to learn living skills, navigate complex legal and migration situations and break down language, employment and education barriers—in turn reducing vulnerability to further exploitation

"Leaving my home and family was a very difficult decision to make. I felt lonely and did not know what I was doing, but I knew I owed it to myself to have a life that I am proud of and makes me happy."

"I still miss my family and hope that one day they will be different, but I know that I will be ok if they are not."  

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