Market day reaps $3000 for anti-trafficking

STACEY KNOTT
Last updated 12:58 05/05/2014
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CRAFTY IDEA: Rebekah Bay of the Beacon Hill Country Store at the Beacon Hill Shabby Chic Market Day in Hope.

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Vintage chic and refurbished furniture helped to raise over $3000 for victims of sex trafficking at a market over the weekend.

The second Beacon Hill Shabby Chic Market Day on Saturday drew more than 1500 people to Hope to pore over vintage clothing, household goods, art, crafts and furniture.

In aid of raising funds for victims of sex trafficking, the market was a gold coin entry with all proceeds going to a non-profit organisation that works in a red light district in East Asia, rescuing and rehabilitating trafficked girls.

Market organiser and owner of Beacon Hill store, Rebekah Bay had attended a service at Annesbrook Church recently and heard about sex trafficking from the Eden Ministry, a Christian organisation.

"I was motivated to do this market, after going to that," she said.

She held the first market in March, and was planning to hold the third one in September.

Her store sold similar things to the market, and through the store she had met women who wanted to hold stalls at her market.

She had 29 stalls at the market, all from the Nelson region.

She expected to raise $1000 for the charity, but was "really rapt" this was tripled.

Half of the money came from the gold coin entry, the other half from jewellery made by rescued girls and sold at the market.

"The crowd was consistent the whole time. I was really rapt. It was a massive day, the weather was amazing . I am very, very happy with it all."

She said helping to raise funds for victims of sex trafficking was "a dream".

"I had been wanting to do something with anti-trafficking for a while. Trafficking is something that really disturbs me."

The Eden Ministry estimates that 27 million people are enslaved around the world today, and that of the female victims, 70 per cent are being sexually exploited. It says annual profits generated from the sex industry reach US$9 billion (NZ$10.3b).

Maryke Lups had a vintage store Joie de Vivre.

She was at the market for the first time, sharing her stall with friend Roger Edwards.

Lups sold hand-sewn pillows, art and refurbished furniture. Edwards was selling braziers made from old metal gas cylinders.

  • For more information on the charity, visit edenministry.org or contact beaconhillestate.co.nz

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