Kids’ high tea fundraiser shines light on serious issue

Macarthur Park was transformed into a beautiful fairy princess garden yesterday as local kids had a ball at a delicious high tea.

The fun event acted as a fundraiser for a much more serious issue – modern slavery.

St Helens Park resident Kim Miles was one of the event’s organisers, with her business Petite Parties joining forces with Fairy Fantasy Parties and AF Photographer.

She said the high tea was a great opportunity for local businesses to work together and promote an important cause.

“Anti-slavery is a cause that is close to my heart,” Ms Miles said.

“I went to a women’s conference several years ago and that’s where I first heard about the A21 organisation, which aims to abolish slavery across the world.

“I couldn’t believe that slavery was still a thing in the 21st century and there were still something like 27 million slaves across the globe.”

Ms Miles said she was shocked to learn that many slaves were children who had been abducted and trafficked.

She said she had run various fundraisers in support of A21 in the past seven or eight years, but yesterday’s high tea was the first under the banner of her new business.

“I hope to run even more fundraisers in the future,” she said.

“The high tea was just a small start, with 10 or so kids taking part, but I look forward to holding more in the coming years.”

Ms Miles said Amanda Keats from AF Photographer was based in Wilton, while Carolynn from Fairy Fantasy Parties grew up in Narellan.

“This was absolutely about the people of Macarthur uniting to help people in awful situations around the world,” she said.

“Anyone who is interested in holding or attending a fundraiser event can contact us online.”

For more information about modern slavery and the A21 campaign, visit www.a21.org.