Run For Courage continues to Combat Human Trafficking
This May will mark three years since Run For Courage Inc. (RFC) began in El Dorado Hills. The mission: to raise funds and awareness to combat human trafficking.
In the past three years Run For Courage has raised over $300,000, which has benefitted multiple programs focused on restoring victims of trafficking.
RFC has also been instrumental in raising the level of awareness of human trafficking through 5 and 10K races as well as high school and college education programs.
The Run For Courage mission continues to be the rudder that directs the organization. With this in mind, RFC has expanded into the Bay Area. Its first Oakland race will take place Nov. 2 around beautiful Lake Merritt.
“We are thrilled about this expansion,” said Ashlie Bryant, executive director of RFC. “Our mission is to raise awareness of this crime in every city around the country. Our vehicle to do that is our 5 and 10K races. Each new race means greater awareness and more funding for victim restoration.”
Registration is now open for both Run For Courage Inc.’s 5 and 10K Races in Folsom and Oakland.
Folsom is Saturday, Sept. 28 at the Folsom Parkway Trails, and Oakland is Saturday, Nov. 2 at Lake Merritt. Participants of all ages are welcome to lace up in support of an issue with global, national, and regional implications.
RFC is now accepting applications from programs that restore victims of trafficking and will evaluate each with its proprietary E-D-M methodology.
“Over the past three years we have been able to donate to over seven different programs that are doing great work with the restoration of victims,” said Vicki Zito, director of beneficiary programs.
Every day, children across the globe including and with increasing regularity in the United States, are victimized. Sexually exploited girls — some as young as 11 — crossing all geographic and socio-economic boundaries are sold for sex against their will.
Part of the Run For Courage solution is education/prevention. Since its inception, RFC has educated over 1,000 students.
“Teaching students allows us to prevent, as much as possible, the crime and victimization of young people. We spend time explaining human trafficking, red flags and what to do if you see signs of something that you believe to be human trafficking,” said Bryant. “We have also begun a program called, ‘Grace Paks’ which is designed for students and adults alike to help give back to support victims. We assemble backpacks filled with the basic necessities, (i.e. pajamas, toothbrush, hairbrush, deodorant, etc.) and give the Grace Paks to the local first responders.” Right now, we give to Sacramento agencies that have direct contact with victims, such as The Grace Network.”
For more information and/or to register visit www.runforcourage.org