“Race2Rescue” sponsored by local non-profit “Rescue Her” will raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking in North Texas while raising funds to open a shelter in India. The color race March 2, will be at Meadowmere Park in Grapevine.
Rescue Her was founded by Josie Carignan. She was a stay at home mom with little resources, but through creativity and her faith in God she started Rescue Her. Now the non-profit has grown to raise awareness and finances for shelter houses around the world.
Here in North Texas they started “Glam girls.” A day girls, at-risk of being trafficked are pampered and taught the warning signs of human traffickers. Rescue Her also sells coffee, shirts and bracelets to raise finances for shelter houses in Cambodia and India through the website.
All proceeds for Race2Rescue are going directly towards Rescue Her's work in building a safe home in Chennai, India for young girls. The shelter will be the first safe house in Chennai, for girls that escaped sex trafficking.
Rescue Her seeks to fight human trafficking locally, but we realize it is a global issue and the need is tremendous. India being one of the places where the statistics are simply unfathomable. It is estimated that 5.3 million children between the ages of 5-18 years old are exploited through sex trafficking. When we came to Chennai, India and saw the need we felt compelled to do something to help. There are girls being sold, rescued and then re-sold simply because there is not a safe place for them to go to be protected and cared for. We want to create a safe haven where young girls that have been exploited can be restored and given the opportunity of a bright future.
India is a destination country for victims of sex trafficking and a transit country for victims brought from Bangladesh and Nepal. One of the major problems for children that are trafficked in India is re-exploitation. Research uncovered that a high level of girls rescued out of sex trafficking were re-trafficked upon release. The main reasons was an inability to find a safe shelter for victims equipped to handle their specific needs.
The fundraiser will hopefully raise the funds needed to open the safe house and provide the care these victims need.
The registration for the race is $40.00 for adults $15.00 for children 12 through 8 and 7 and under are free. The race includes an after party with food, a live dj, raffles, a color throw, and other giveaways. The race starts at 8:30 for competitive 5k, the fun run starts at 9:15 and the after party will begin at 10:30.