Over $124,000 has been raised for TEAR Fund’s anti trafficking campaign after more than 700 New Zealanders participated in the Live Below the Line challenge.
The Live Below the Line campaign is an annual anti-poverty campaign raising awareness about poverty through participants living on NZ $2.25 a day for five days, the equivalent of the international extreme poverty line.
The total amount raised by Kiwis for TEAR Fund this year exceeded last year’s effort of $107,000, and goes towards a combined global total of more than $4 million (NZ) raised this year by participating countries.
TEAR Funds Manager, Joy Davidson says, “Those most likely to be trafficked or trapped in slavery are the poorest and most vulnerable in our world. Through your efforts, suffering women and children will be given the chance for a better future.”
The funds gathered are used globally to fight extreme poverty, funds raised in New Zealand go towards TEAR Fund’s anti-trafficking and exploitation partners to help them free and rehabilitate women and children forced into sexual exploitation and to help authorities prosecute those responsible. It’s estimated for every trafficker prosecuted, 120 potential trafficking victims are saved.