An Evening with Humanity2- An artistic night of FREEDOM

It was great seeing you...

Aura Freedom thanks you for attending

An Evening with Humanity 2: Awareness Through Art

Sunday, September 28th at CSI Annex in Toronto

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An Evening with Humanity 2: Awareness Through Art  was a creative, energetic and moving event and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for taking part in such an inspiring evening.

Together we raised almost $7500 towards our Human Trafficking Freedom & Healing program, which liberates and rehabilitates Nepalese girls from slavery, in partnership with Maiti Nepal. Thank you.

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AWARENESS THROUGH ART

MODERN ART INSTALLATION

A huge focal point of the evening was our map of the world, showing (only some) of the global human trafficking routes from country to country. The routes were being mapped out live on scene at the event by Toronto artists Marianna Sciortino and Leon Pierre from A&Co. Clothing, whose creation was both eye-opening and visually stunning. So awesome.

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CHALK ART

Toronto chalk artist Anil N. Singh worked his magic on a massive chalkboard and created (from scratch, live on scene) a powerful theme of FREEDOM which our guests used as a backdrop for neverending photos. It was awesome to see it come together, piece by piece, flower by flower.

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HENNA ART

Melanie Runghen and Brooke Brown were also busy, adorning our gusts with beautiful henna art and tattoos. Their designs were spontaneous and creative, just like our entire event 😉

Some of our henna designs didn't wash off for two weeks!

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FAIR TRADE MARKET

Our Fair Trade Market was buzzing all night! The beaded tribal jewellery made by our Survivors, our Freedom Tees, and inspirational chalk art by Nez&Flo Boards were a hit. It was amazing to see so many of our guests walking around wearing our t-shirts and jewellery.

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 MUSIC

A passionate and moving performance by Sonia Aimy and her band was the icing on the cake, and got our guests up and dancing to their amazing music in classic Afro-Jazz style. We enjoyed songs in Sonia's native Nigerian and English.

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What it Was All About

Finally, it was time to hear from the front lines of human trafficking. Myself, along with our partners Anuradha Koirala and Bishwo Khadka from Maiti Nepal and Toronto’s human trafficking specialist Michele Anderson from Covenant House, moved guests with stories of survival, redemption, triumph, hope and passion from Nepal to Canada.

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Toronto Youth Stepping Up

One of the most powerful parts of the evening was when the Humberside Girls, all of them just 17 years old, blew our guests away with true stories of human trafficking from around the world. Their heartfelt tribute to our evening was priceless and really made the whole evening shine.

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We have the best volunteers!

So much love and gratitude goes to our artists and volunteers, there are no words to thank you for all you did to make the evening a smooth success.

Special thanks go to Anthony Patrick Manieri for the stunning photos and Carlo Vitelli from Freeman Audio Visual for the amazing videography.

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A huge thank you to our ridiculously generous sponsors:

Eco Mist Solutions
Marika's Winery
Moosehead Beer
Profile Wine Group - Farnese
PMS Canada Ltd.-Monticello
Constellation Brands Inc.-Jackson Triggs.

Traeger Canada

Julius Banquet Centre

Nez & Flo Boards - Flavia Pasquariello

Danielle Fagan

Toronto Acupuncture Studio (College St.)

A&Co. Clothing
Earthroots Health Shoppe
King City Dental
Sherwood Design & Print
Arbonne Cosmetics
McMichael Gallery
City Line

We have the greatest supporters!

For more photos from An Evening With Humanity 2, check out our Facebook album here

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We hope you continue to be inspired by An Evening with Humanity 2, remembering that although there are 27 million people enslaved in the world today, we can all create change. Even casting a single stone into the water can create many ripples. We truly believe that.

There’s always time to reach our event goal of $15,000. You can donate online CLICK HERE:

We can’t wait for An Evening with Humanity 3, which is sure to be an even bigger success.

Namaste to you all.
 
With gratitude,

Marissa Kokkoros - Founder, Aura Freedom International

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