The mes­sa­ge is cle­ar

George Herald - - Voorblad -

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 ge­or­ge­a­

From left are Ge­or­ge A Te­am mem­bers Ria van der Walt, El­ma­re Mou­ton, Le­an­ne van Nie­kerk, Di­a­na Rohrer and An­cel Ma­rais.

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