Justice and Soul Foundation
Exceed Fundraising Goal
By Heather Haemker
The Justice and Soul Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on eliminating the sexual exploitation of young women and children globally and turning the victims' lives around, hosted its first fundraising event, “Fashion SOULstice,” to raise money to provide funding for a cosmetology school in Cambodia. Proving that this is an issue close to many people's hearts, the fundraiser was a major success! Drawing over 275 participants, the sold-out event featured a silent auction and runway show, raising more than $47,000. The proceeds will be used to teach cosmetology skills to young survivors of sex trafficking in the Foundation’s new vocation training program in Cambodia.
One of the highlights of the evening was a fashion show with models styled by seven, local salons and one school, to create the vision and style of each signature look. The partnering salons and school included: James Alan Salon and Spa, Daniel Ross Salon and Skin Care, Lisa Power Salon, Paroba College, Robert Leonard Salon and Day Spa, Rosaline Hampton, Pepper’s Salon, and William James Hair and Skin Studio.
“The success of our first-annual ‘Fashion SOULstice’ has been incredible. To have hit the fundraising goal necessary to launch our school in Cambodia in one night shows the incredible support we’ve received from countless friends and partners. I am in awe of the passion shown during the event here tonight and am excited to begin teaching sustainable skills to young survivors. I can’t wait to enroll our first class of students,” explained Justice and Soul Foundation Co-Founder Matthew Fairfax.
The Foundation is also wrapping up a six-week capitol campaigning, raising an additional $45,000 to build the school and salon in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
How You Can Help
Through the Founders’ shared connections to the salon and fashion industry, and, after several years of research, planning and interviews, they are enlisting the support of the beauty industry to create a sustainable, systemic solution that addresses sex trafficking. They are need of dedicated stylists ready to volunteer for either one month, or a duration of three months or longer, if possible, to help educate and build confidence in the students and provide services to Cambodian clients. If you are able to come for three months or more, a stipend will be paid to help offset the cost of living.
If you are interested in applying for the Education Coordinator position or simply wish to volunteer, please fill out an application here.
For more information about Justice and Soul and their efforts in Cambodia visit, www.JusticeAndSoul.org.
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