Flo­ral theme helps char­ity ball bloom

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - SU­SAN OONG

A FLOUR­ISH of whim­si­cal frocks and flo­ral ar­range­ments will help lighten the mood for a heavy-hearted topic: the global traf­fick­ing of women and chil­dren.

Tonight’s Be Hers char­ity ball will ed­u­cate women on the is­sue of hu­man traf­fick­ing and the ways they can help.

“Many of us don’t re­alise the enor­mity of the prob­lem,” Be Hers char­ity founder Melody Towns said. “We want oth­ers to know that th­ese statis­tics don’t need to be over- whelm­ing. Ev­ery­day women can make a dif­fer­ence.”

When the Sand­ford mother first learned about the mil­lions of women and chil­dren trapped into slav­ery, she was shocked into ac­tion.

Since she started the char­ity event eight years ago, close to 10,000 women had at­tended, with an au­di­ence reach of more than 20,000 oth­ers.

“It’s been quite amaz­ing to watch,” she said. “It’s the idea of mov­ing from ap­a­thy to aware­ness to ac­tion.”

This year’s theme, Let Love Flour­ish, will fea­ture thou- sands of un­furl­ing blooms sym­bol­is­ing new be­gin­nings.

Adding to the ephemeral ef­fect will be a hand­ful of flow­ing dresses donated by Tas­ma­nian de­signer Talita White.

The Macq02 event has al­ready sold out, with more than 800 women to at­tend.

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