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  • Writer's pictureCatholic Women's League

Standing Up, Speaking Out

We throw our support behind the campaigns of other groups that align with our values. We raise awareness locally and nationally, we make submissions to government select committees, local MPs, and decision-making groups. Campaigns such as for quality social housing for all who need it, and good health care for mothers and babies. 

Recently, National President, Susan Dickson spoke out, delivering the following challenge.

“The Vietnam Chinese border is 1445kms long. This border is a known area for human trafficking, as women and children are often trafficked into China to be sold as brides or enter other situations of exploitation.

“The challenge was to form a group to collectively walk 1445km during October with the aim of raising money for Hagar Vietnam and their transforming work with women who have been trafficked to China or survived other forms of severe abuse. We all had different fitness levels and schedules, but the goal was to travel this significant distance together, raise awareness about those who do travel it, and match our steps with sponsorship dollars. 

“Team CWL Hagar 1445 Walking Challenge was made up of twenty-five Catholic Women’s League members from across the country and four friends. Together we ended up smashing this challenge! We collectively walked 2843.37 kilometres and raised a staggering $7740 between us. We encouraged each other by sharing photos and updates of our progress online and via email. 

All the ladies’ efforts were inspirational.

“One team member clocked up 430 kms, three other members walked over 200 each and five women did over 100 kms each. Ninety-two-year-old Mary walked 29 kms during the first three weeks before a cold kept her indoors. Eighty-nine-year-old Kathryn averaged 2.7kms for each of her walks, clocking up an inspirational 70kms. She admitted to being a bit tired the following week!

“The donations came from family and friends. We were overwhelmed by the amazing support. The cause and our dedication resonated. With their help, we can enable Hagar Vietnam to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable women. “(We) Cannot express to each of you how incredibly meaningful and life changing this money is. We are so grateful.” Hagar NZ

“The fighting of human trafficking, abuse and exploitation of women has been a major theme of WUCWO, the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations. For some years now, Catholic Women’s League of Aotearoa NZ has been committed to raising awareness of human trafficking both here in New Zealand and overseas. To find out more about the fight against the trafficking of humans look up Talitha Kum online. To find out more about the work of visit Hagar.

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