Anti child exploitation charity, Project Karma, are excited to announce a second year of sponsorship from Sydney travel and tourism marketing agency, Gate 7.
The donation from Gate 7 was announced following a presentation by CEO, Glen Hulley, on the progress project Karma made throughout 2015 via Gate &’s Support.
Glen says: “2015 was a big year for us in building and consolidating relationship with law enforcement agencies, refining our sustainable ‘Sentinel’ model and convicting criminals in both Thailand and Bali”.
“The funds from Gate 7 enabled us to have a presence on the ground in Bali, to build a case against Robert Ellis, support local law enforcement agencies and ultimately, to save kids from the torture this man was inflicting.
“It may sound twisted, but there was great joy in seeing him locked up for 15 years. I don’t see his imprisonment, I see that a donation from an Australian Travel company directly helped save a stack of kids. That’s what Project Karma is all about. We can’t do this without companies like Gate 7.”
The 2016 donation from Gate 7 will go towards consolidating Project Karma’s presence in Bali, Indonesia and Cebu, Phillipines. As well as being popular with tourists, these locations are leading hotspots for child trafficking, prostitution and exploitation.
Glen added: “No one has ever tried to implement this model with local law enforcement agencies like this. We are attacking the root causes, clamping and exposing supply chains. But it’s not a product, but children that are being traded. Our model will be the game changer in tackling the issues of local and foreign offenders”.
Glen is humble when it comes to his own sacrifices over the past three, challenging years. His tough, tattooed exterior, ‘ockerish’ voice and intensity belies his belief in the cause. His personal sacrifices include his house and a wage for the past three years. Whilst he is out on the Crusades, landlords are knocking at his door for rent. Money is tight.
On top of that , the awful irony is that whilst he is helping kids across Asia, he is missing out on time with his own two boys. Is there a greater sacrifice?
Whilst the donation from Gate 7 is phenomenally generous, these operations cost a lot to run. Project Karma needs to raise its profile, implement its model and continue helping kids. This will take a step forward when Glen meets with Senator Derryn Hinch in January 2017 with the aim to lobby Julia Bishop to legislate that the passports of registered sex offenders are revoked, preventing them from going to destinations like Bali and Cebu.
The political process is slow, kids are hurting now. Project Karma has critical momentum which must be maintained
To support Project Karma, please visit www.projectkarma.org.au and make a donation.
Like Gate 7, your donation will help save a child.
Join us in congratulating Gate 7 for stepping up and helping Project Karma.
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