Forced Marriage is a serious breach of human rights, which affects millions of girls and women (as well as boys and men) worldwide, including Australia.

80% of those experiencing forced or early marriage in Australia are under the age of 18.

Proceeds from the events will support our Impact Partner, The Salvation Army's Trafficking and Slavery Safe House who provide the only supported accommodation service for victims and trafficking and slavery in Australia, including those experiencing forced or early marriage.

The Safe House provides safe and secure housing, comprehensive case management, psychological support and medical treatment, as well as professional legal support for victims and access to a local peer support model working with survivors.

What we need from you

Amidst the stature and elegance of The Establishment Ballroom, we invite you to join us for the very first High Tops and Heels High Tea to be hosted on Sunday 12 November in Sydney.

Between sips of perfectly blended tea, mouthfuls of deliciously handcrafted sweet treats and playful fundraising antics, we begin our exploration of the very serious issue of forced and early marriage in Australia.

Forced and early marriage affects millions of girls, women (and boys) globally, and unfortunately Australia is no exception. You will hear from a panel of three experienced speakers offering their unique perspectives on the issue and how we can address it.

This event is an opportunity for men, women and children to come together to learn and grow as a community, for without the respect of all who live and love, we will not see change.


Date: Sunday 12 November 2017
Venue: The Establishment Ballroom | Level 2, 252 George St Sydney
Time: 1pm - 4pm
Cost: $95pp or $720 for a table of 8

Cost includes a complimentary glass of champagne, full tea and coffee service, as well as a range of delectable sweet and savoury treats.

NOTE: If you have any specific dietary requirements, please email at the time of your booking or at least two weeks prior to the event.


Laura Vidal - National Projects Co-ordinator at The Freedom Partnership- to end modern slavery and forced & early marriage specialist

Laura Vidal is a Social Worker with a Master’s Degree in Human Rights Law and Policy, a Churchill Fellow and a member of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
For eight years, she has dedicated her time to supporting men, women and children who have experienced human trafficking and slavery in Australia, with a current focus on developing best practice solutions for individuals facing early and forced marriage.

She worked as a social worker developing and delivering support programs to survivors at The Salvation Army’s Trafficking and Slavery Safe House for four years, before taking on the position of National Projects Coordinator for The Freedom Partnership-to End Modern Slavery in 2014.

During this time, Laura also travelled to Jordan on assignment with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) to provide technical assistance and training for government, embassies and community organisations working with exploited migrant domestic workers.

Helen Thurloe - Write | Poet | Author

Helen is an award-winning Australian writer, with her poems and essays published in national newspapers and magazines, anthologies, as well as online.

Published in in 2016, Promising Azra was Helen’s first novel. Based on extensive research, interviews, legal cases and anecdotal stories, the book explores the issue of forced child marriage in contemporary Australia through the eyes of fictional character, Azra Aimal.

Promising Azra was supported by a mentorship from the Children’s Book Council of Australia (NSW), as we as two fellowships through the NSW Writers’ Centre and Varuna – the National Writers House.

Helen has worked in many fields, from politics to PR, and she has also taught creative writing workshops at Birrong Girls High School in Western Sydney.

Our Final Panelist is still to be confirmed.

Where and when
Start12 Nov 2017 at 1:00pm AEDT
End12 Nov 2017 at 4:00pm AEDT
LocationThe Establishment Ballroom | Level 2, 252 George St, Sydney
Individual Ticket$95.00
Table of 8$720.00
About the cause


PROJECT FUTURES is about connecting people to the issue of human trafficking, slavery and exploitation by creating meaningful experiences that raise funds, educate and empower our generation to take ...