Anti-slavery event raises £1,958

PUBLISHED: 15:04 25 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:33 10 June 2010

MONDAY, AUGUST 25: DESPITE the credit crunch and charitable donations down on last year, anti-slavery campaigners still managed to collect £1,958 at their recent summer fundraiser. Scores of people turned out for the 30th annual anti-slavery garden party fundraiser in Lymp

DESPITE the credit crunch and charitable donations down on last year, anti-slavery campaigners still managed to collect £1,958 at their recent summer fundraiser. Scores of people turned out for the 30th annual anti-slavery garden party fundraiser in Lympstone - almost achieving their target of £2000.Organised by campaigner Graham Martin, the garden party included, as special guest of honour, Topsham's Father Gerard Wilberforce - a descendant of the great emancipator and parliamentarian, William Wilberforce.Held at Mr Martin's house, at Willand, Lympstone, guests enjoyed a heady diet of food, refreshments, dancing and live music.He spoke of the importance of Anti Slavery International, especially in the 21st century: "People often think slavery is in the past, but there are still instances of slavery going on today, including trafficking women, forcing them into a life of sexual slavery."With the 2012 Olympics approaching, opportunities to exploit women and children are increasing."Only recently foreign workers were found in Cornwall working for just £2 an hour in terrible conditions."Anti Slavery International is a small organisation with not a lot of funds, and we need all the help we can get. "The money raised will go towards trying to stamp out slavery today and helping the victims of slavery."Fifty prizes totalling £600 in value were also won as part of the grand draw.

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