A21 (Abolish Slavery in the 21st Century) is a nonprofit organization fueled by the heartfelt hope that human beings everywhere will be rescued from bondage and completely restored.

If you join us for the A21 Brookings Walk for Freedom on Oct. 19, you are joining us as the new abolitionists for the 21st Century.

Slavery is often talked about in numbers: millions of slaves, a $150-billion industry, only 1% of victims are ever rescued. But although those numbers are daunting, they lose the human element.

The heart of A21 is for the ONE: the one woman, the one man, the one child trapped and exploited, unable to see a different end to their story.  

A21 works hard so that survivors can be given freedom, independence and the chance of a better story, and to prevent any more of this kind of evil to continue. It opens restoration centers for victims, establishes hotlines, educates, and works with law enforcement to fight this crime.

And every year, A21 walks to raise funds for these projects.

Soroptimist International members of Gold Beach, Brookings and Crescent City are hosting the first-ever A21 Brookings Walk for Freedom. On Oct. 19 from 10 a.m.-noon, people are coming together to help end human trafficking. 

The walks will happen all over the world on the same day. Go to vimeo.com/296683078 to see a one-minute review of 2018’s A21 Walk for Freedom. Read more about the redemptive and preventative work of A21 on the website A21.org.

One of our Brookings members, Genevieve Wilson, was a strong advocate of freedom and always wanted the Soroptimist women to raise funds with a walk or a run. This year, we will do so in her honor.

It is free to register, but please do so before the day of the walk. All are encouraged to set a goal to raise at least $100. Please go to A21.org/walk to register. Click JOIN or REGISTER and type in BROOKINGS, OR, then follow the prompts.

We will walk single-file, without talking, and wear black. The shirts are not required, but available for $15 if purchased early in the registration process. Children are welcome and do not have to register if accompanied by an adult. No pets, please.

We will meet at 10 a.m. in the parking lot of the former Ray’s Market at 906 Chetco Ave. and walk to the Botanical Gardens and back again.

Questions? Write us at brookingswalkforfreedom@gmail.com.

Karen Helgesen

Gold Beach

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