The fourth annual fashion show and sale under the name Vine took place at the Lloydminster Gospel Fellowship church Oct. 4 in front of several hundred fashion-conscious buyers and aficionados.
Organizer Megan Palik said, “The Vine was formed about four years ago. I was in my room one day thinking about what I wanted to do in this world.” The idea came to her when looking at her clothes. “I want to sell my clothes for $10 or less and (money raised would) go to an orphanage,” she said.
Palik put the idea in motion, raised $1,600 and that money raised did go to an orphanage. That was what started her on the path to fashion and led to the Vine Fashion Show and Sale.
“There was something to fashion. I really believe fashion is a mountain of influence,” she said.
From there it was just a runway step away from being a way for Palik to reach not just different parts of the community, but different parts of the world.
The Vine show and sale benefitted YouCanFree.Us, a movement of people who are fighting human trafficking halfway around the world, for the third consecutive year. Palik said, “(YouCanFree.Us) is a non-profit organization that works to rescue women and children from human trafficking and sex slavery. So, I teamed up with a man named Sujo John three years ago.”
John and his wife, who both survived Sept. 11, run the organization YouCanFree.Us. Palik said that changed them to want to make a difference in the world.
“According to the global slavery index, there are 30 million slaves in the world, to date, which is greater than any other century of our time,” said Palik.
In modern days, this is truly an alarming statistic, said Palik.
“We are doing a project in Delhi and Mumbai with safe houses that work to rescue the hundreds and thousands of women and children that are there,” she said. “We went to one street, that had, they believe, 40,000 women and kids in these brothels.”
Jana Lett and Palik went to New Delhi, and then with Jordan Corbeil, also of Lloydminster, they went to Mumbai this past year and are launching a new proect there. Not just raising awareness, but raising funds to help rescue girls through safe houses. “It is an ongoing mission,” Palik said.