CPIT students rally to Live Below the Line

CPIT students rally to Live Below the Line

CPIT students are mobilising to generate interest in TEAR Fund's Live Below the Line campaign, which challenges New Zealanders to live below the poverty line for five days and raise money against human trafficking. 

TEAR Fund's goal this year is to raise $250,000 through the campaign from 21 – 25 September to help free the estimated twenty million people trapped in slavery today.  All the funds raised will support TEAR Fund's work against human trafficking and slavery.

Caption: (left to right) CPIT students Jasmine Peate-Garratt, Shannon Redstall, Erin McLean, Daniel Walker (from Nvader- One of TEAR Funds partners), Jac Douglas, Caitlin Miles, Bindy Todd (and in the front) Llewlyn Parry are encouraging students and staff at CPIT to support Liv Below the Line to combat human trafficking.

At least 15 CPIT students have signed up for the challenge to live below the poverty line for five days – spending only $2.25 per day on their food and drink. Together as "LBLteamCPIT" they aim to raise $15,000. They have created a Facebook page and invited guest speakers to address CPIT's students such as Daniel Walker, a Kiwi cop who works on the front line, saving young girls from trafficking, who told the students about his experiences. Melissa Tankard Reist, Australian writer, speaker, blogger and media commentator, talked about her work on the objectification of women and sexualisation of girls and efforts to address violence against women. And the group also showed the film Trade of Innocents, about a human trafficking investigator.

According to TEAR Fund's website, there are 1.2 billion people living below the extreme poverty line. These individuals are at the highest risk of being trafficked or exploited in slavery – often this entails being sold into the commercial sex trade. The money raised by TEAR Fund goes to their partner organizations Nvader, Hagar and Share & Care who work across the spectrum of anti-trafficking to rescue and rehabilitate trafficking victims, prosecute the perpetrators, and to protect, educate and empower those in vulnerable communities around the world.

The Live Below the Line CPIT group is urging everyone at CPIT to learn more about TEAR Fund and the Live Below the Line challenge.