On October 15th, Cape Town will participate in a global fundraising and awareness event called the #WalkForFreedom. The purpose of the event is to shine a spotlight on the 27 million men, women, and children who are still trapped in slavery today.
With 200 walks in 28 countries participating in last year’s event, A21, a global anti-human trafficking organization, aims to raise even more funds and awareness with their 3rd Annual Walk For Freedom 2016. This year, A21’s audacious goal is to raise $1 million to restore the lives of 2,000 human trafficking survivors.
A bold goal, but as Christine Caine, A21’s founder, says, “One step at a time. One dollar at a time. One life at a time. We will abolish modern-day slavery.”
The Walk For Freedom’s key distinguishing factor is a single-file line of participants dressed in black, with black tape covering their mouths to represent the 27 million slaves who have no voice. As the line moves throughout each city, information about human trafficking is distributed to onlookers.
The Walk For Freedom in Cape Town will be taking place at the Sea Point Promenade. A significant spot we feel, as Sea Point is a beautiful area, but behind the scenes many of those who are exploited are housed. This is such a true indication of human trafficking. On the surface things appears one way- prostitution, labour, illegal immigrants, drug addicts- but when you look below the surface you see vulnerable people being exploited and abused.
The Cape Town walk starting point is on the grass area opposite Sea Point High School and goes for 5km around the promenade. Registration opens at 7:30am and the walk will commence shortly after 10am. We will have food vendors, Coastal Radio broadcasting live and time to picnic on the promenade after the walk. It is a family event, you can never be too young or old to stand up for what you believe in!
The Walk For Freedom exists to eradicate modern-day slavery, a global reality that affects every continent and economic structure. The goal of the walk is not to protest, hand out flyers, or simply stay fit. The goal of #WalkForFreedom is to take a united stance that will turn awareness into action. The true multiplication of this freedom message will be seen around the world through media coverage and pictures distributed on social media.
This year, there are more opportunities than ever before to make every step for freedom count. From Sydney to Los Angeles, London to Cape Town, participants are able to join a walk, host a walk, or even support a walker.
In Africa alone we have 8 walks happening on the day in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Durban, Pretoria, Johannesburg, East London and Cape Town.
For more details, visit www.A21.org.
To sign up for a walk, visit A21.org/walk.