Long time north coast grass tree nursery, Bruinsma Grasstrees has entered into a partnership with The Freedom Hub, an Australian social enterprise fighting to end modern day slavery.
The nursery is donating five percent from every tree sold to the organisation, based in Sydney, that is looking to expand into the Gold Coast around this year’s Commonwealth Games. Freedom Hub founder Sally Irwin says sex trafficking dramatically increases when major events occur in a location, but the issue takes root and remains long after these events have left town.
The Freedom Hub operates a café, event space, and ‘slavery free’ gift shop in Sydney, using their space to raise awareness that modern day slavery happens within Australia and to raise funds for the Survivor School — an aftercare service providing education, mentoring and support to women escaping slavery in Australia.
Bruinsma Grasstrees owners Mitch and Eleasha Grivins had been looking for a cause to invest in, and said The Freedom Hub’s integrated approach to fighting what they believe is an under-noticed problem won their support, they met Ms Irwin last week to present her with the first cheque, for $11,000, in what they believe is a partnership the business has entered into for many years.
“Leash and I have been running Bruinsma Grasstrees — my family’s business — for a few years now and we were looking for ways to give back to the community having been given this opportunity. We think modern day slavery and human trafficking — especially here in Australia, is a little known issue and an important one.”
“We have an opportunity to use what we’ve been given to contribute to the world around us. We want to give as much goodness to the world as possible.”
“When we first heard about the Freedom Hub we did some research and the discovery that human trafficking and slavery occurs in Australia inspired us to choose to support this particular issue. I also was deeply struck by Sally’s business model where 100% of profits from the cafe go toward the training school.’
“We have pledged to give five percent from our grass tree sales to The Freedom Hub in order to support the establishment of a Gold Coast venue and Training School. We are also working with Sally to find any practical ways to support them. We want to raise awareness of this issue in an ongoing way.”
For more information contact Mitch through the contact page.
Or Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org
1800FREEHUB (1800 3733 482)