Sparrows Hope

5K Run/Walk and Kids 1 Mile Run

When: Saturday, September 1, 2018
Time: Kids run at 8:30am, 5K at 9:00am
Where: McNamara Park—Genoa Township—7049 Big Walnut Rd, Galena
Details: 2 Entrances; one off of Big Walnut Rd. the other is off of S. Old 3C Rd. 30 acres with restrooms, large shelter house, playground, lots of green space with a running, walking and bike path along with plenty of parking. Situated behind and to the side of Genoa Police and Fire Departments.
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This exciting inaugural 1-mile kids run and 5K run are designed to draw awareness to the issue of human trafficking in Ohio which is ranked #4 in the United States. Human trafficking is the world’s fastest growing illegal activity. According to the International Labor Organization and the Polaris Project human trafficking is a $150 billion a year industry in which 20-30 million are trafficked sexually or through forced labor worldwide. Money raised for this event helps our running initiatives in inner city Columbus (Parson’s Ave, Sullivant Ave. and W. Broad St.) whereby running and walking groups travel up and down the streets handing out purses filled with feminine hygiene items to women while donning lights on their heads calling themselves The Light Brigade. Funds raised also go to secure a property in Bangalore, India to rescue and rehabilitate young women who are rescued out of being trafficked. India is the world’s #1 country in incidents of human trafficking far exceeding all others with 1-2 million young people trafficked annually.

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Sparrows Hope House Bangalaru, India

Will you help with the purchase and development of this home that will initially house up to 25 women who are rescued out of human trafficking? This safe house will help with recovery and rehabilitation, vocational training, counseling and spiritual care to women who have escaped the bondage of human slavery. The initial costs of this home will be around $75,000 (land and building). The ongoing operational costs will be a blend of donations and a percentage generated by products made by the residents.

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  • In 2017 our team traveled 1000 miles from Mumbai to Chennai as we ran the distance in 34 days speaking at schools and universities about the issue of human trafficking. In 2018 our team ran and biked 500 miles from Chennai to Kovalam in 15 days speaking to thousands of students. We thank the Rotary Clubs of India for taking an interest in this issue and sponsoring our dinners and lodging. We thank Indian local and state police for escorting us and many newspapers and local news stations for covering our efforts to draw awareness of human slavery. In January/February 2019 we hope to cover 750 miles running/biking from Guntur to Kolkata.

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Human Trafficking

In February of 2017, Sparrow's Hope was voted to become one of the coalition members/organizations of The Central Ohio Rescue and Restore Coalition (CORRC). Check out more info by visiting The mission of CORRC is to provide a collaborative community response to human trafficking in Central Ohio through education, services, advocacy and prosecution.

- To report a tip or get help please call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888


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