This March, some of our favourite eateries will be taking part in the annual Shine & Dine campaign to raise money for Free To Shine, an organisation working to prevent sex trafficking by keeping girls safe and engaged in education. Last year, venues such as Commonfolk, Jetty Road Brewery & ShopAte Café & Store graciously partnered with Free To Shine by simply doing what they do best — serving great food. With money raised from their Shine & Dine dishes, these venues and others provided nearly 2000 days of education for at-risk Cambodian girls. In just four years, Shine & Dine has raised more than $15,000, and Free To Shine is now on the lookout for venues to be involved in the 2020 campaign — so let’s make it the best one yet.
Every year, millions of people fall victim to human trafficking, many of them women and girls in and around South-East Asia. With the money raised from Shine & Dine, Free To Shine works to prevent the trafficking and exploitation of girls by strengthening family and community systems to prioritise the safety and education of their children. Founded in 2010, Free To Shine has enrolled more than 750 girls in school, conducted more than 150 community training sessions and helped 28 young women to attend university.
Shine & Dine works like this: venues nominate a dish on their menu, and $5 from the sale of every nominated ‘Shine & Dine’ dish during March goes directly to Free To Shine. Venues taking part in Shine & Dine and the customers who support them during March will be doing their bit in the fight against sex trafficking
If you’d like your restaurant, café, brewery or winery to be involved in this year’s campaign, visit www.freetoshine.org/shineanddine or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. Or encourage your favourite venue to put their best dish forward and get involved.