Stella Fella is a modern attempt to bring back chivalry, promote the efforts and recognise outstanding young men in the community raising money for a cause and most of all to raise awareness and funds for anti- human trafficking projects in Australia.
At the helm is the dynamic Stephanie Lorenzo, CEO of Project Futures, who explained the Stella part of the Fella - which sounds like a good name for a new beer style from that other Stella which just happens to be a sponsor - but it’s about the ‘stellar’ attributes of the blokes who need encouragement and support to step outside the NFP (not for profit) spotlight that she believes is the domain of women predominately and find their niche in the arena where they want to, and can, make a difference. They didn’t think the stellar rhymed and stayed with the Stella Fella which will have her endlessly explaining why. Explanations not necessary for the formidable effort her five year old organisation has achieved with $2.1 million dollars raised, and current projects in Cambodia, Nepal and Australia.
And what it’s all about is where she releases her passion to educate us so together we can try to destroy the insidious world of human trafficking. Project Futures has a partnership established with the Salvation Army which provides a safe house for those in need and Lorenzo showed a DVD story of one lady brought to Australia to do domestic duties that amounted to slave trade and how she eventually escaped. It can happen around the corner, in brothels, workshops, agriculture and restaurants but it will take a concerted effort to stop this trade.
In Canberra a ten year old has become the poster boy as our local Stella Fella. Thomas Campagna has been raising money for the Project Futures cause since his mum first explained to him what human trafficking is all about and undaunted Thomas organized a fundraising celebrity touch football game with a happy bunch of celebrities on hand to help.
That effort and much that Project Futures hopes to achieve was acknowledged at The Loft in The Duxton, O’Connor where the fellas and a few of the glam girls wore the distinctive bow ties of the organisation, and local supporters with a big contingent from Nan Bak’s Konica Minolta network came along for a night of socialising and getting to know just what it’s all about.