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September 2015 News

Toowoomba school students fast for freedom

  • Written by  Elissa Dowling
Darling Downs Christian School students fasted on rice for an entire day Photo: Provided

When more than 70 students decide to stop eating for a day, you know it must be for something important.

Darling Downs Christian School recently held their annual Fast for Freedom day to raise much needed funds to help stop human trafficking in Nepal.

Secondary students lived on rice and water for an entire day, while primary students ate rice and water for lunch and recess at school.

Previously, the students have been able to raise more than $11,000 for this social justice issue and this year, they were hoping to match, and even surpass, their previous efforts.

“Our support for Nepal, given the recent earthquake tragedy, is even more important this year,” DDCS chaplain Arlagene Groves said.

“Fast for Freedom” is a school initiative that grew out of a student-led campaign to support Project Safe Haven in Nepal.

Project Safe Haven provides safety and education for Nepalese girls rescued from human trafficking.

The students learned than in many Nepalese villages, there are often no teenagers, as most have already been sold. The girls are usually sold into the sex industry and the boys into other forms of slavery - such as human body parts for the medical industry.

Mrs Groves said the whole school community and local businesses had gotten behind the students.

“I am amazed by the generosity of the businesses who agreed to support our students to, in turn, support the children of Nepal. We had $850 donated in vouchers and prizes for the children,” Mrs Groves said.

“We are very appreciative of everyone’s help.”

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