An estimated 150 participants took part in Saturday, July 17, 2017’s ‘Commission Yourself,’ an action-packed dock party and bike ride that raised $40,000 to support the fight against sex trafficking.
Olympic medalist Curt Harnett kicked off the day with a 30 km Pro-Am cycle ride to the Lake Rosseau cottage dock party and joined more participants for waterfront activities, gourmet food and entertainment. Kevin O’Leary and Joan Walker were among the business and social elites who took in all the action.
“We are thrilled with the support we’ve seen for this day of benevolence launch event,” says Genevieve Roch-Decter, Event Co-Founder. “We hope it will inspire others to commission themselves to do something that will make a difference for victims of sex-trafficking.”
The event’s proceeds are going to Covenant House Toronto’s $10-million anti-sex trafficking initiatives, including enhanced victim services.
“No community is immune from this terrible crime,” adds Roch-Decter. Largely a domestic problem, sex trafficking is the most common type of human trafficking. Ninety percent of victims are female and most are Canadian girls, as young as 13 and on average 17. Ontario is a trafficking hub in Canada with the largest number of cases. The agency estimates that it costs approximately $150 a day to provide crisis support for sex trafficking victims.
Covenant House Toronto is Canada’s largest agency serving at-risk, homeless and trafficked youth – as many as 250 youth daily. It is a national leader in the “hands-on” delivery of services and support to young female victims of sex trafficking.