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August 2014 News

$13,000 raised at Hagar footy fund-raiser

  • Written by  Ian Anderson
L-R: Holly Nicolson, Brianna Moloney, Patience Hadia & Grace Savill at the State of Origin fund-raiser for Hagar International. Photo: Kristy Fielder

While most teenagers were at home watching last month’s State of Origin, those at HumeRidge Church of Christ were working hard to raise much needed funds and awareness for Hagar International.

“Thanks to the generous support of those who attended our State of Origin fund-raiser, $13 100 was raised to support the life giving work of Hagar,” said HumeRidge youth worker Lauren England.

For over ten years, HumeRidge Youth Group has been supporting Hagar International, an organisation that rehabilitates and restores the lives of women and children who have suffered extreme forms of human rights abuse.

“Hagar works in Cambodia, Vietnam and Afghanistan with those who have been trapped in domestic and sexual slavery, unfair labor, victims of violence, sexual abuse, gender-based discrimination and extreme poverty,” said Lauren.

The State of Origin fund-raiser has proved to be a very successful initiative over the years, raising vital money and awareness for the work of Hagar.

“Along with viewing the game on the big screen in HumeRidge’s auditorium, the night included a variety of other fund-raisers, photo booths, footy food, lots of ‘healthy’ banter, and of course, the highlight of the night; watching HumeRidge Children’s and Young Adults Pastor, Chris, get his head shaved!”

Regardless of the final score, Lauren said all 500-600 people who attended were in agreement that Hagar were the real winners.

The money raised will fully fund the holistic care of 18 children in Hagar’s Cambodia children’s shelter for an entire year.

“We would like to thank all those who attended the event, who generously gave money, HumeRidge Youth who spread the word and brought friends, and the HumeRidge youth team for their organisation and enthusiasm,” said Lauren.

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