The message is clear
Abolish slavery everywhere, forever. This was the message sent out by residents of George and surrounds during the very first A21 Walk for Freedom in the area. Walk for Freedom is a global fundraising and awareness event rallying thousands of abolitionists and taking millions of steps against human trafficking, an outward expression of the inward desire to see slavery and human trafficking, both a big reality in this day and age, completely abolished. On Saturday 20 October, 560 Georgians put their feet down, joining the worldwide campaign.
In honour of those who cannot speak for themselves, residents of George participated in the A21 Walk for Freedom against human trafficking on Saturday 20 October.
During the first walk of its kind in George, a total of 560 people and one dog started walking from Hope Church in Knysna road and took to the streets in single file and silence. After the declaration of freedom was read, participants walked towards CTM through Protea Park and back to Hope Church. "It was an eye-catching, trafficstopping walk headed by former Springbok rugby player, Bevin Fortuin," said Ancel Marais, a member of the George A team.
“He was happy to give his support to this worthy cause. Many were tearful and used the time to walk silently to pray for those affected by human trafficking."
A21 is a global non-profit organisation determined to eradicate human trafficking through awareness, intervention and aftercare. "During the last couple of months the newly formed George A Team prepared for the Walk for Freedom by radio interviews, school presentations and speaking openly about this atrocity that has become the fastest growing crime in the 21st century," said Marais.
"We thank everyone for the support that in many ways made the Walk for Freedom a huge success. Thank you to our various sponsors, Commerce Edge, The Biltong Warehouse and Nuts, Total Garage in Courtenay Street, Dotsure, Glenwood My School, ER paramedics, Wellness Centre and the New Life Church, the police and George traffic department as well as Hope Church for their support and facilities."
If anyone has been affected by human trafficking and needs support, please contact the resource line on 0800 222 777.
For more information regarding presentations or getting involved in next year's walk on 19 October 2019, please e-mail the George A Team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
From left are George A Team members Ria van der Walt, Elmare Mouton, Leanne van Niekerk, Diana Rohrer and Ancel Marais.