St Kilda comes together to Party for a Purpose

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St Kilda, November 19th 2012 – Project Futures; an Australian not for profit organisation established to help combat human trafficking, has officially launched its Melbourne chapter with an event held in St Kilda on Friday the 16th of November.

Nearly 200 supporters joined together to party for a purpose at St Kilda’s One Fitzroy Street on Friday night. The evening was hosted by Channel 10 newsreader Matt Doran, with special guest speaker Somaly Mam, who has been described as a ‘modern day Mother Teresa’. Suffering a tormented childhood being sold into slavery in Cambodia at just 12 years old, Somaly was taken through brothels of South-East Asia where she suffered the brutality of human trafficking until she managed to escape with the help of a French aid worker. Although freed, she has since dedicated her life to saving victims and empowering survivors. So far she has saved more than 7000 women and children in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam and Laos.

The money raised at the event has gone towards the funding of rescue, recovery, education and reintegration of victims, as well as advocacy for the cause.

Guests at the event were also treated to an acoustic musical performance by Anthony Young and danced the night away to the DJ.

Project Futures is run by a passionate network of young professionals who raise the funds and awareness of programs dedicated to combating human trafficking and sexual exploitation in Australia and South-East Asia.

For further details, or photo opportunities, please contact Sarah Murphy on 0414 610 431 or email


About Project Futures: Project Futures is an Australian not for profit organisation that exists to raise awareness and funding with the aim of combating human trafficking globally. The organization is run by a powerful and passionate network of socially engaged professionals. Funds raised through Project Futures initiatives go towards local and international anti-trafficking projects of which Project Futures are partnered with, including: The Salvation Army’s Safe House for Trafficked women and Childwise.

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