Fundraiser to give girls new lives


JACKIE Bowman was so disturbed by the enslavement of girls for sex in Nepal, she has taken action to give them better lives.

The Leongatha mother is one of the organisers of a fundraising dinner to be held in Leongatha on September 16 to benefit a charity giving the girls of the Badi tribe education and employment opportunities, and above all, freedom from slavery in prostitution and hard labour.

Funds raised will go to the charity Transform the Nations and the organisation’s Australian manager Geoff Parry will speak at the Leongatha event.

“It’s awful, what is going on. We do not realise it here in Australia. It’s a completely different world,” Mrs Bowman said.

The Badi tribe is racially discriminated against in Nepal, refused education and employment. To survive, families sell their girls into slavery – sexual and labour.

“It is known that the Badi girls will grow up and live a life of prostitution,” Mrs Bowman said.

Two years ago, Transform the Nations brought nine rescued Badi girls to Leongatha to share their stories with South Gippslanders.

“It was just incredible. One girl had been drugged and sold by her cousins. Lots of the girls are sold into India brothels. One girl had to service up to 40 men a night as a 12 year old. She was there for five years,” Mrs Bowman said.

At 17, the girl refused to be a prostitute any longer and was tortured by her captors, leaving her with brain damage. Her family declined to take her back and she was taken into care by Transform the Nations.

Men pay as a little as 20 cents for a girl’s sexual services.

The organisation has established a school and hostels in Nepal for former slaves, and is helping slaves in Myanmar and India.

“When I heard that, I wanted to do something and that’s why we are holding this event,” Mrs Bowman said.

She is hoping up to 200 people will attend the event at Memorial Hall, Leongatha.

Musicians Tasman Talent from Melbourne, and South Gippslanders Dean and Dana Roberts will perform, and prizes donated by local businesses and groups will be auctioned.

Among the prizes will be vouchers for dining and beauty, gym memberships, a man’s gold watch, hamper and wine.

Guests will enjoy a three course dinner catered for by Leongatha’s Adele Dunn and the Yarra Valley’s Adam Meade.

Mr Parry will discuss the work of Transform the Nations.

“We’ve had a lot of support from businesses, schools and churches, and we’d love for as many members of the community to come along as possible,” she said.

An Evening to Transform the Nations will be held at Leongatha Memorial Hall at 7pm, Saturday, September 16. BYO drinks.

Buy tickets online at Ticketebo.com.au and search ‘An Evening to Transform the Nations’ or buy at Henrietta’s, Bair Street, Leongatha by August 26.

For ticket enquiries, phone Pat Jackson on 0431 427 854.

Leading the way: from left, Penny Duffield, Jackie Bowman and Pat Bowman are among the organisers of An Evening to Transform the Nations to be held in Leongatha on September 16. Committee members absent: Claire Trewarne, Pat Jackson and Suzanne Simpson.

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