The power of positivity
MOSMAN Park resident Rebecca Tolstoy spent June touring the US promoting the positive outcomes from the Path of Hope Foundation, with help from the Perth Convention Bureau Aspire Program.
Ms Tolstoy, who founded the not-for-profit organisation that helps women and children affected by domestic violence and human trafficking in 2008, had her bags packed for a whirlwind three-week tour when she won the $10,000 City of Perth Convention Scholarship on June 1.
While the tour was locked in thanks to financial support from Rotary Club of Perth members Alan and Marisa Tribe and David and Judith Reed, the scholarship ensured she could complete the whole tour.
Starting in Atlanta at the Rotary International Presidential Peace Conference, Ms Tolstoy heard from Martin Luther King’s daughter, former US President Jimmy Carter, Bill Gates and Ashton Kutcher, who talked about the link between family domestic violence and human trafficking.
The mother-of-one then spent time in New York and Sweden with representatives from Rotary and the Salvation Army as well as UN Geneva Director General Michael Moller.
Ms Tolstoy plans to host a 12,000-person convention on family domestic violence and human trafficking in Perth in 2019 with presentations from Rotary, Salvation Army, the United Nations, non-government organisations and governments.
She hopes to attract Mr Carter and survivors of family domestic violence and human trafficking as guest speakers.
Ms Tolstoy said the Path of Hope model worked because it was a grassroots program that focused on transitioning victims, ensuring they did not return to old patterns.
“Australia is doing an amazing job in this area and that’s something I’m really proud of,” she said.
Path of Hope will host its Cinderella Gala Ball on July 29 at Crown Perth.
For tickets, visit www.pathofhope.org.au.
Ashton Kutcher, Bill Gates and John Cena at the Rotary International conference.
Rebecca Tolstoy with Rotarian Jurgen Baumhoff and UN Geneva Director General Michael Moller.