Issue 15
Jun 2019
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 Newsletter from Victoria Australia

Raising Awareness                   Taking Action
(This RAG is not an agency of or controlled by, Rotary International)

Dear <<First Name>>

Featured in this Issue of End Slavery are two projects which aim to help and protect some of the most vulnerable in society, our children, one in Northern Karen State,  Myanmar; the other in Philippines. I commend both to your clubs for consideration and support with either any remaining funds from this year’s budget, or for provision in your 2019/2020 budgets. Details and links are below. Please note the content warning on the “Maarko” video. It may be distressing to some.

Also links to three initiatives from our friends at Stop the Traffik:

  1. The proposed 2020 Slavery Awareness Tours – more on these and opportunities for RAGAS members to participate in future Issues.
  2. Schools Teaching Programs on Modern Slavery. If you have connections with a school, encourage them to book a session.
  3. An excellent new video tool explaining Modern Slavery which you can use to educate others in your clubs and community groups.

The Hamburg Rotary International Convention is now behind us, and while I wasn’t able to attend, I understand some good connections and conversations happened. With the new Rotary year, there are changes in the RAGAS leadership. Mark Little, has decided to vacate the Chair after many years of amazing leadership although he will remain on the Board. Congratulations to Dave McCleary from D6900 in US who will take over his position as Chair. And we farewell our tireless and hardworking Secretary, Harry Payne, from the RAGAS Board, to be replaced by Simon John from D1080 in UK. I am sure you will all want to thank Mark and Harry for their dedication to the Action Group and the fight to end modern slavery, which I have no doubt they will both continue in the next season of their lives. I am also pleased to advise that I have had the honour of being invited to join the RAGAS Board Executive for the 2019/2020 year, and I look forward to working with the new team to serve them and you, our loyal supporters. The photo below shows incoming Chair Dave and outgoing Chair Mark on the RAGAS stand at Hamburg.

Tony Stokes
Rotary Club of Box Hill Central D9810 
RAGAS Executive Board Member
RAGAS Coordinator for Victoria, Australia      

RAGAS Chair Dave McCleary (second left)  at RAGAS booth in Hamburg
Northern Karen State, Myanmar
with International Needs Australia
Rotary clubs are invited to participate in an international district grant (submitted by RCBHC)  in partnership with International Needs Australia to  prevent modern slavery (including child labour, human trafficking) through funding the training of trainers on child rights and child protection and facilitating the sharing sessions ten times yearly in seven targeted villages.
Budget total: $5,581
All contributions welcome. 

Bank details of Rotary Club of Box Hill Central:
BSB: 633000
Account: 160738993
Swift Code: BENDAU3B
Learn more about project here.

Learn more about District Grant contact:


with International Justice Mission Australia

Cybersex trafficking is a type of sex trafficking that was unimaginable before the digital age. Suddenly, children are exposed to a global web of predators.

Learn about IJM's response:
  • rescue victims
  • bring criminals to justice
  • restore survivors
  • strengthen justice systems
Watch short clip below about IJM's work in the Phillipines 
After being trapped in cybersex trafficking, Maarko*, his sister and cousins were rescued from the sexual abuse that haunts their dreams.
Learn more here about Maarko and how you can help others like him.
Contact for IJM EFT details. 

Natalie Stackhouse, Strategic Partnership Manager for IJM Australia, will be in Melbourne 17-19 July, and possibly September, and Rotary clubs are welcome to contact her urgently  (+61 424 242 664 ) for a speaker appointment.

Phillipines  Update Q1

IJM Philipines - RAGAS Proposal for funding

Learn more about Stop the Traffik Awareness Trips 2020  here.

Help us raise awareness of Modern Slavery through Australian schools.  Use your schools network to book a teaching session from Stop the Traffik Australia. 

What is Modern Slavery ... and how can I be part of ending it?

With Australia introducing a Modern Slavery Act,  more and more people are seeking to understand this crime and their part in preventing it.

This 10 minute module dispels the myths, defines the issue and points to ways forward.

Click above to watch.    PLEASE SHARE CLIP.

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