Bourbon and Blues Event Raises $35,000 to Fight Human Trafficking

Pastor Andy Hagen of Advent Church (center) joins the Rhythm Nation Blues band during their set at the Bourbon & Blues event to raise funds to fight human trafficking

 

Freedom Challenge’s Team Advent, a group of optimistic women from Advent Church in Boca Raton devoted to the cause of ending the enslavement of women and children worldwide, held a fundraiser March 24th. Through generous donations the group raised $35,000 that will be used to support projects in India and Moldova.

According to Susan Hagen, Team Coordinator, “Blue is the color of the National Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign and the Blues are a genre of music that addresses the darkest issues of life with an unstoppable optimism, so it seemed fitting for the participants to be dressed in blue while being entertained by a live blues band.”

In India, Team Advent has been supporting a project over the past six years to help young girls that were at risk from the practice of temple prostitution.  During this time, they have seen the sponsored shelter grow from 15 to 50 young women. The young women are taught life skills and given an education.

This year, Team Advent’s funds will also go to help support projects in Moldova, the poorest country in Eastern Europe.  The projects in Moldova provide food and support to school age children, education to vulnerable girls age 10-16, and rescue and rehabilitation to girls who have been trafficked. For more information visit www.thefreedomchallenge.net.

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