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East Bay Run/Walk lets you make life changing impact for trafficking survivors

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Red Window Project, an anti-trafficking non-profit organization based in the East San Francisco Bay area, is inviting runners, walkers, and volunteers to help survivors of modern slavery in their 5k Run For Freedom benefit. It will be held the morning of September 13 at Cornerstone Fellowship in Livermore, and participants can spend the summer seeking support through donations and sponsorships from friends, family, co-workers, and others in their networks.

Proceeds will fund career counseling, job training, educational scholarships, work study income earning, employment placement services, and other trafficking survivor aftercare programs conducted by Red Window Project in the Philippines. This innovative and comprehensive economic self-sufficiency model equips survivors for fulfilling jobs in promising careers. Red Window Project encourages brave survivors to dream big and then empowers them to make those dreams come true.

30,000,000 modern day slaves are captive in the world today, trapped in forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation. For those who are removed from this human rights travesty, they need help to land jobs and succeed in the workplace. Otherwise, the primary vulnerability factor of poverty still exists and being trafficked yet again is an all-too-common occurrence. Red Window Project’s work prevents such tragedies and ensures liberty for life.

An example of heroic triumph through Red Window Project is Jaren. As a child, her parents broke up and she was sent to her grandparents where she was raised in extreme poverty. This vulnerability was exploited as she became a victim of child labor trafficking—working as a house helper as an early teen just for food and board, which required her to drop out of school.

She then accepted a job offer from the uncle of a friend in the “big city” of Cebu to be a waitress in a video Karaoke club where she was told she would make an actual salary she could share with her family. Her first night was the beginning of a nightmare of captivity and violence as this betrayed 15-year-old was sold night after night.

A social worker intervened in this criminal exploitation and referred Jaren to Red Window Project where she completed career counseling and job readiness training. Being a midwife was her dream career although it required going back to complete high school and then graduating from a 2-year midwifery course. Yet she has persevered with encouragement and support—she finished her program, passed the certification examination, and is now working at a birthing center.

So the Run For Freedom gives the compassionate of all ages the opportunity to be a part of life-changing restoration stories like Jaren’s. The event is designed to be family-friendly with two waves: runners who will assemble at 7 a.m. and “funners” who can run or walk the course (even pushing child strollers) assembling at 7:30 a.m

$30 early registration fee for those 16 years and older includes T-shirt (registration fee increases to $40 on August 11). Youth and children 15 and under may participate with adult family members for free yet must be registered. Even those who do not participate in the run/walk event on September 13 can create their own fund-raising page at no charge to help the cause.

Register for the run here: redwindow.webconnex.com/runregistration
Create a fund-raising page here: grouprev.com/signup/redwindowrun
Donate to the campaign here: redwindow.webconnex.com/rundonate

Red Window Project is also seeking volunteers to help on the morning of the Run For Freedom. For those interested in volunteering as well as businesses and groups who would like to be sponsors, e-mail mark@redwindow.org.

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