September 22, 2013 – September 28, 2013 is the week of Mobile Fashion Week. For those who aren’t familiar or need to brush up on your facts, a fashion week is when designers, boutiques, pop-up shops, and other fashion related events are all crammed into one week! Can you imagine all the preparation for that? Luckily, though, it’s all worth the glamor because Mobile Fashion Week is widely know for their motto: “Fashion With A Cause”. Everything about Mobile Fashion Week is for the charities of Eye Heart World, Pantene Beautiful, and Camp-Rap-A-Hope. These three charities want and need your help to prevent world wide issues, such as Human Trafficking and Cancer, and to give your fashion a higher purpose.
Eye Heart World
“Carry The Cause”! Go to eyeheartworld.org!
Eye Heart World is an organization working to prevent Human Trafficking. Human Trafficking is the business of buying and selling people for the purpose of physical or sexual exploitation and needs to be STOPPED. Did you know that Human Trafficking produces a yearly $32 billion, the number enslaved worldwide is 27 million, and that the average entry age into prostitution is 12-14 years? It’s modern day SLAVERY. It may seem like not a big deal here on the gulf coast, but after speaking to two incredible “cause carriers”, Season and Brian, they said that they’ve already spotted some cases in the area since the moved here about a year ago. From their website, it’s even mentioned that TWO CHILDREN ARE SOLD EVERY MINUTE. But, what can you do?
1) EDUCATE. Read up on some of these resources to learn more about Human Trafficking and how you can help prevent it.
2) CONNECT. Try finding an anti-trafficking group you can get behind. A great place to start is Eye Heart World and becoming a Cause Carrier. Cause Carriers is a community designed to inspire and equip people to take action.
3) FOLLOW. Connect with Eye Heart World through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
4) PURCHASE. Eye Heart World is all about fashion with a cause. By purchasing something from their line of bags, bracelets, clothing, and other items, you are helping to bring awareness to Human Trafficking and bring funding for the cause.
Have you seen signs of Human Trafficking? Call the Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
Camp Rap-A-Hope provides an exceptional, normal camping experience and the related support services for children and youth who have been diagnosed with cancer at any point throughout their lifetime. It’s fun for kids with cancer! They help build bonds between the children, experience acceptance, overcome challenges, and experience the feelings of love, faith, courage, and hope. All camp activities are 100% FREE OF CHARGE, as cancer has been costly enough.
How to CONNECT?
Want to Volunteer?
To volunteer at Camp Rap-A-Hope, you must be 19 years of age or have completed one year of college. Counselors must spend the entire week at camp, including pre-camp training. Fin out more here: www.camprapahope.org
Pantene Beautiful Lengths
Beautiful Lengths is a partnership between Pantene and the American Cancer Society, the largest non-profit health organization committed to SAVING LIVES FROM EVERY CANCER and improving the quality of life for people facing the disease.
The role of Pantene is to help women grow long, strong, beautiful hair and provide the funds to turn this hair into free, real-hair wigs for women with cancer. So far, Pantene has donated 24,000 free real-hair wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig banks, which distribute wigs to cancer patients across the country.
How can you help? Find out more here: Pantene Beautiful Lengths.
From Jinapher to You
Being involved in Mobile Fashion Week and learning about Fashion With A Cause has been an honor and privilege. I hope you will see the light and goodness of these three organizations and help in any way that you can. It can be as small as buying a t-shirt or as big as chopping off your hair shorter than normal, but I promise it will all be worth it. Thank-you for reading, and be sure to come back for more on Fashion With A Cause!
Jinapher J. Hoffman