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The end of last week saw the completion of our two networking events; our fundraiser for Destiny Rescue on the Central Coast and our drinks for MensLink in Canberra. Watts McCray Canberra On Friday night our Canberra office hosted their second networking drinks raising money and awareness for Menslink ACT, in attendance from Sydney was our Managing Partner Greg! Menslink is a service, free of charge, provided to young men in the ACT.  They provide mentoring, counselling and referral for men aged 12 to 25 years.  They came about to assist the high suicide rate in young men in Canberra and single mother's coping with teenage boys.  They run a preventative program, "Silence is Deadly" to combat the high suicide rate amongst young men.  Menslink engage the assistance of high profile sportsmen, politicians and businessmen to speak to schools and mentors about their own battles with depression and overcoming tough times.  While the evening didn't raise as much money as our previous event, I am told by Menslink it did secure two extra mentors and significant and invaluable promotion to the legal profession.  In particular, the family law profession did not previously know of Menslink, but we have now bridged that gap, which will allow Menslink to capture a greater audience.  Menslink have been around for about 8 years or so and only have 50 mentors, so two new ones joining the ranks because of our drinks is a huge effort. The event was attended by a number of local business people from a range of professions, including local politicians, Judge Hughes of the Federal Circuit Court and Registrar Parker of the Family Court.  Please help me congratulate all Canberra for their dedication, teamwork and support for a very important cause, well done and thank you. Watts McCray Erina Destiny Rescue is a grassroots, internationally recognised, Christian based, non-profit organisation dedicated to rescuing children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. They help rescue the sexually exploited and enslaved, restore the abused, protect the vulnerable, empower the poor and are a voice for those that can’t speak up for themselves. Children as young as 5, with an average age of 12-14 are sold around the world. This illegal "industry" is worth an estimated $99Billion in trade. Destiny Rescue currently operate their various programs in five nations: Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar (Burma), and India. We also have offices in three donor nations: Australia, New Zealand and the United States. Click the URL below for more in http://www.destinyrescue.org/aus/what-we-do/rescue   The event attracted 70 people from the local community. The attached run sheet provides the details of the evening.   We as an organisation should be very proud of the achievement of Chelsea Winter and the team at our local sister office because last night they raised in excess of $11,000 for Destiny Rescue! To put this into perspective, it takes $1500 per child rescue, so several young lives will be saved and in the words of the CEO of Destiny Rescue…Michelle Windser…"I am truly humbled and grateful for what Chelsea and your organisation  has done for us tonight and we will be singing your praises when ever we can for what you have done". Chelsea with her up and coming leave will be travelling to Thailand next month with her mum to volunteer with Destiny Rescue.   Thanks must also go to Southern Cross Austereo for their media support, Alanna Davis from our Canberra office for providing guidance for the event and the 15 local businesses who provided auction items, including Ken Duncan Galleries, Neil Joseph one of Australia's leading artists and many others.   On behalf of the Partners of Watts McCray congratulations to the Erina team and I hope you will all join me in thanking them, as this was an inspirational and moving evening for all concerned….plus wish Chelsea and her mum a safe and rewarding experience in their trip to come!   Congratulations to both our offices for hosting such successful networking events for these charities.  
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