On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, Chelan High School (CHS) students will be holding a Benefit Car Wash and Bake Sale at Cashmere Valley Bank from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The proceeds will benefit Shared Hope International, a Washington-based organization that fights child sexual slavery across the globe.
This fundraiser is the culmination of the students’ study unit about the trafficking of children. It was inspired by Patricia McCormick’s book “Sold,” a fictional account of a Nepalese girl who is sold to a brothel in Calcutta.
Meticulously researched, the book tells a tragic story that thousands of Nepalese girls have lived. Almost 200 CHS students have read the book as preparation for a visit to the school by Patricia McCormick in November.
Author Patricia McCormick will speak to hundreds of students at eight high schools and two juvenile detention facilities in North Central Washington. She will also headline a community event in Wenatchee on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017.
To prepare for her visit, North Central Regional Libaray provided 1,300 copies of McCormick’s book Sold to schools in Quincy, Ephrata, Chelan, Omak, Okanogan, Tonasket, Republic, Wenatchee, and East Wenatchee. The book tells the story of a 13-year-old Nepalese girl whose stepfather sells her into prostitution.
The horrors of child sexual slavery occur in every country, even the U.S., and UNICEF has estimated at 1.2 million children enter the sex trade each year. Many are not yet teens. They endure rape, beatings, torture, psychological damage, HIV infections and the list goes on.
“My students and I decided that learning about this issue was not enough,” CHS English Teacher Steve Bovingdon said. “We seek to raise awareness in the community about child sexual slavery. We also want to support a group fighting to help the victims of this repugnant industry.”
The community is invited to join CHS students on Saturday, Oct. 14, for the Benefit Car Wash and Bake Sale Fundraising event!
(Submitted by Steve Bovingdon, edited by Christine Eagar)