Joy Smith is combining the enjoyment of outdoor summer activities with raising awareness of the dangers of human trafficking right here in Canada.
"In my world, we deal with a lot of cases around human trafficking," says Joy Smith, the founder of the Joy Smith Foundation. "With everything being lifted after the pandemic, there are more and more cases of human trafficking. It's important that people become aware of how human traffickers operate and what they can do to protect their own families."
The foundation is not only helping educate Manitobans but offers advice to all Canadians.
"We started the Human Trafficking Education Centre and I would invite everyone to get on the Joy Smith Foundation website and they can view what parents need to know about human trafficking. All it takes is a few minutes."
The Joy in Action fundraiser being put on by the foundation will allow them to add more modules to the centre.
"What is so great about [the fundraiser] is that it's free registration," says Smith. "They can select what they want to do, whether that's walking, running, or have a backyard or street party. This year we're so excited because a wonderful donor felt moved to contribute a free trip for two to Costa Rica."
Anyone who participates in Joy in Action and raises at least $1,000 will be entered to win the trip. All participants will also be entered to win a gold necklace created by Hilary Druxman. The fundraiser is open until September 21, 2022. The draw will happen on September 25.
"Our goal is to earn $125,000. That's what we need to put up 20 more modules so people can access it for free in their homes."
Anyone looking to register for Joy in Action can do so here.