Nothing excites me more than a charity event that benefits a cause that speaks to the heart and for me that's what Buy Art Not Kids (B.A.N.K.) is all about. B.A.N.K. raises awareness and funds through art in support of Ratanak International; A Canadian charity that rescues and rehabilitates child sex trafficking victims in Cambodia. I take every opportunity I can to get out in the community and support events most recently I attended an Arts for Autism event which was truly amazing and also attend the Women's Auxiliary Fundraiser. That's why I was excited to spread the word about Buy Art Not Kids in Toronto.
Art Can Change Everything
Art can build up, or tear down; it can raise hope or trigger devastation. It communicates truth, or spreads lies. But can art really change the world? Without acting on it, the change that art points us towards is lost. Art itself cannot change the world, but art can change people. And people can change the world! The Buy Art Not Kids Art Auction will celebrate the connection between art and its call-to-action by showcasing ‘art that inspires’. – But Art Not Kids
Buy Art Not Kids Live and Silent Art Auction in Toronto
The event will feature live music, performance art, raffle prizes, sumptuous food, wine and most importantly a chance for you to purchase an array of incredible art by notable Canadian artists. Tickets are $75 and can be purchased online.
Date: April 4th, 2014
Location: Havergal College – 1451 Avenue Road, Toronto ON, M5N 2H9
Why: The event itself is two-fold: to raise awareness about child sex trafficking in Cambodia while also raising funds, to benefit Ratanak International, an established Canadian charity (16+ years) dedicated to the abolition of child sex trafficking in Cambodia.
I have to say human trafficking is the one thing that scares me to death whenever we are traveling and we travel a lot. I can't even imagine what the families go through in Cambodia. For me B.A.N.K. gives me the opportunity to support an amazing cause to educate families on how to stay safe and aids in rescuing exploited children and rehabilitating them into the community. And who does love a fun night out with friends! Some of the pieces are truly amazing that are up for auction as well like this one:
Did you know:
- An average serial child molester may have as many as 400 victims in his lifetime. (Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Study)
- Child/Human trafficking is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. Child/human trafficking is the world's second largest criminal enterprise, after drugs. (U.S. State Department)
- The global market of child sex trafficking is estimated to be over $31 billion a year with over 1.2 million child victims. (UNICEF)
Now you have the opportunity to help! Round up a couple friends and have a fun night out and feel good about it! We all deserve a little fun every now and then and there is no better excuse to get out and mingle other than supporting an amazing event like Buy Art Not Kids . If you can't make it to the event you can also donate online. With that I leave you with a few words from the founder and the story behind Buy Art Not Kids, enjoy.