HELP CAMBODIAN GIRLS: Lee Newton and Carolea Dietrich prepare for the Masquerade Ball.
HELP CAMBODIAN GIRLS: Lee Newton and Carolea Dietrich prepare for the Masquerade Ball. Contributed

THERE appears to be no end to the good work Noosans carry ou

THERE appears to be no end to the good work Noosans carry out each week and do it while enjoying a Noosa good time.

On October 10, the charity Free to Shine will benefit, when a colourful masquerade ball will be presented at South Pacific Resort.

"Free to Shine is an Australian-based charity and one of our directors is based in Tewantin," organiser Jane Moxham said.

"We sponsor girls in Cambodia where there is a lot of sex trafficking. There are charities that rescue and assist girls but we try to stop it before it happens. We take preventative measures, predominantly in rural areas."

The Free to Shine Philosophy reads: "We believe children should be in schools, not brothels.

"So we identify girls at high risk of being targeted by traffickers, get her a uniform and a bike, fill a bag with books and pens, and visit her regularly to keep her in school and keep her safe.

"We equip with an education to prevent sex trafficking."

Jane Moxham said last year's inaugural masquerade ball was an outstanding success with an impressive $10,000 raised.

"To sponsor a girl costs $300," she said. "That gives them bikes so they can get to school and pays for education. A lot of girls work on farms, and we support the families through paying for their education."

The masquerade ball, on October 10, promises to be a fun and flamboyant event, with three bands providing the music over dinner.

"We have prizes, auctions, people can dress up if they want to or not. If you don't have a mask you can get one from us on the night.

"The masks represent the girls. We want them to be unmasked.

"We hope to raise $10,000 again. Our charity has been able to sponsor 500 girls and build houses (in Cambodia) as well.

Tickets for the Masquerade Ball on October 10, cost $70 and are available from www. freetoshine.org/msaquerade.


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