On Saturday, at our STOP THE TRAFFIK Unwrapped event I can say without a doubt that Community Action to Combat Trafficking was eagerly and unreservedly unwrapped.
With over 250 participants from around the UK and beyond, the whole team were inspired and humbled by the passion and enthusiasm of the STOP THE TRAFFIK activists. You people are amazing, thank you!
I was up at 6am to get into work and start setting up, as everyone arrived in the office the momentum for the day started to take shape. At 10am volunteers for the Olympic GIFT box project where trained; learning how to spread the message about the GIFT box and deal with any unexpected events from finding stray beer-cans littering the box in the morning to keeping up moral if the rain keeps falling.
At 12pm we launched the GIFT box, Ilias Chatzis from UN GIFT cut the ribbon of our box, and in true British weather style we gathered around under our umbrella’s. It was the very first outing of our new GIFT box, which only arrived in London the night before. Here are some pictures of the team putting up the box to give you a sneak preview of what everyone will see around London this summer, and the cutting of the ribbon.
We were also joined by the Qatar Foundation to Combat Human Trafficking who had an exhibition outside the coffee shop. This is a fantastic relationship that started when Ruth Dearnley our CEO went to Qatar to speak at a conference. It is great to welcome them to London and share learning about our raising awareness during large sporting events.
The afternoon was all about sharing, learning and capacity building members; everything went on from chocolate to fundraising, from reaching vulnerable groups to running assemblies with schools. It was incredible to see everyone together from those who have been running ACT groups for years to people who had just stayed on from the morning but left moved and encouraged to get more involved.
A big thank you to all the activists and who travelled from far and wide to be with us; to all the speakers who came from other organisations who are working with and supporting STOP THE TRAFFIK; to UN GIFT for joining us in the launch of our joint project and to our very own Rebecca who did a super dooper job organising the day.
Were you there? If so we’d love to hear what you thought…praise, constructive criticism and ideas for next time all welcome!