Visit LGIAsuper Community Hub at Cowboys v Dragons at 1300SMILES Stadium this Saturday night to learn about the work of Destiny Rescue, a non-profit organisation led by North Queenslander Tony Kirwan, who swapped his electrical contracting business to rescue children abroad from sex trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Destiny Rescue volunteers will distribute information about the work their undercover rescue teams perform to save children and young people caught up in trafficking and prostitution in the red light districts of Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, India, the Philippines and the Dominican Republic.
The volunteers will be stationed at the stadium gates with collection buckets, urging fans to dig deep to raise much-needed funds for this important cause.
A special Destiny Rescue stand located at the LGIAsuper Community Hub will feature a range of hand-made jewellery and clothing made by children freed from exploitation in Thailand and Laos.
“Your donation, no matter how big or small, can help transform a life and further the work of Destiny Rescue," founder and international president Tony Kirwan said.
"We only have two choices: do nothing or do something.
“It's our mission to see child exploitation end in our lifetime. As long as sex trafficking and child exploitation exist in our world, we will continue to fight and be advocates on behalf of the enslaved and vulnerable.”
Destiny Rescue offers rescued children the opportunity to get an education and vocational training and help to prepare young adults for re-integration into mainstream society once the time is right.
Over 1400 children have been rescued by Destiny Rescue since 2011 – the youngest was just 7 years old.
Michelle Winser, CEO at Destiny Rescue said: “Children and young adults in our care receive medical, physical and psychological support, helping them to overcome their pasts. Children get the chance to be children again in a safe and loving home environment.”
“Destiny Rescue can only continue its work with the generous support of businesses like LGIAsuper and fantastic community leaders like the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys.
“We hope that everyone at Saturday's game visits us at LGIAsuper Community Hub to chat with us and learn a little about Destiny Rescue and the important work we’re doing.”
North Queensland Toyota Cowboys general manager community Fiona Pelling said: “It's great that, with the support of Queensland superannuation fund LGIAsuper, we can provide the Community Hub opportunity at our home games for charities and causes like Destiny Rescue to raise awareness and encourage fans to support them."
For more information about Destiny Rescue, visit destinyrescue.org/aus.