The Hope Haven Project and the fight against sex slavery

THERE is a place in Coolum, located in a quiet little street, where you can still find hope.

Located above the old ambulance station, family, friends, and local volunteers are working morning to night, creating a haven for a pair of very special charity workers.

It's called The Hope Haven Project, and the team behind it have dedicated the past two months renovating the dilapidated flat to create a place for owners and regular overseas volunteer workers Cathy and Greg Harrison to come home to.

The team plans to finish the project as a surprise before Thursday, when Cathy returns from overseas.

PITCHING IN: Ligre Ward and a team of volunteers have been secretly renovating a flat for the Hope Haven Project to help two charity workers.
PITCHING IN: Ligre Ward and a team of volunteers have been secretly renovating a flat for the Hope Haven Project to help two charity workers. Brett Wortman

Cathy and Greg Harrison created their own organisation to help stop human trafficking and sex slavery, and spend months at a time working with organisations in Cambodia and Spain. When they return to the Sunshine Coast in-between missions, they have nowhere to stay of their own.

The idea to renovate the flat for Cathy and Greg started when their friends Ligre and Reuben Ward pitched the idea to other friends, family and volunteer workers.

"Originally the idea was to just sort of clean it up and fix up the kitchen and get some appliances in, but once we got in there were so many people who wanted to get involved. It was unreal," said Ligre.

As soon as the word was out that The Hope Haven Project needed help completing the renovations, local volunteers and businesses were more than willing to take part.

"It just kept flowing and flowing, and before we knew it heaps of people knew and heaps of people jumped in to help," Mrs Ward said.

Even with the community's support, The Hope Haven Project is still struggling for donations for appliances, as well as bedroom and living furniture for the flat.

Any furniture, appliances and general donations are greatly appreciated for this cause, and all enquiries can be made to Ligre Ward on 0420 307 710.

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