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Get 'mysterious' for a 'serious' affair
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A non-profit organisation working towards saving children from human traffickers.

Masquerade balls have been around since the 15th Century and in days of old, used to be quite an elaborate costumed affair for the upper crust. Here's your chance to get a taste of being mysterious at a masked ball! Dress up for a fun night out, have fun choosing which beautiful or elaborate mask you might want to wear, and be entertained by some of Melbourne's blues and jazz musicians to get the party going.

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Where: 115 Main Street, Mornington; When: Saturday 7.30pm to 11.30pm ~ August 16, 2014; Cost: $60

However, there is a deeper reason for this event organised by Free to Shine. They are a Mornington based not-for-profit humanitarian organisation founded in Australia. They work with local governments and communities in Cambodia so that young girls can reach their full potential by saving them from being sold to human sex traffickers and then put them through school to better their future. All of their funding comes from regular people, businesses and foundations who believe in what they are fighting for. That children should be in schools, not brothels. There is one such individual that went beyond his wildest expectations and helped them out by contributing all he amassed from a venture that put him on a path to self discovery. You too can find out how you can become involved and help out by checking out Free to Shine's website and their Facebook page.

Here's Peter's story. It's about a man who went to great extremes that evolved from a joke with his housemate that turned into a 'bet' in late 2012. When Peter Lynagh joked he would give up sex for a whole year, his housemate bet him $2000 he could not go a week. Wanting to make it bigger than just about himself, Peter set up a Facebook page called Pete's Chastity for Charity (the page has now become a 'personal blog') which went nuts, and ended up raising over $50,000 which he pledged to Free to Shine to help them save the children. Thank you Peter! Below I have included a video clip of Peter that was aired on channel 7 Sunrise on 22 July 2014 (the source of the video clip).

You don't have to go without sex for a year, but you can come to the ball to support this great cause and have a good time at the same time. The mask here represents the faces of those who remain enslaved that we don't see, so come on down and wear a bright and colourful mask to symbolise the strong character and colourful personalities of the girls.

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Donate by buying a virtual ticket for $25, if you cannot make it to the ball

There will be drinks on arrival, canapes, entertainment, 'live' jazz musicians, auctions, and a little masked mischief, so get your tickets here. Click on the Mornington Peninsula tab to secure your ticket. Can't attend but still want to get involved?... no worries. You can buy a $25 virtual ticket and you will be represented by a balloon with a photo of you on it so you are there in spirit.

The 'ball' is at Cafe 115 on 115 Main street in Mornington and will go from 7.30pm to 11.30pm on Saturday the 16th of August 2014.
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Why? Raise money for enslaved young girls in Cambodia
When: Sat 16 August 2014
Phone: Contact form on website
Where: Cafe 115, 115 Main street, Mornington, VIC
Cost: $60 or option to donate $25 for a virtual ticket.
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What a great article and cause. It breaks my heart thinking what those children go through each day! :-(
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