Walk for Freedom set for this Saturday


CULLMAN – This Saturday, Oct. 14, global anti-human trafficking organization A21, together with the Cullman County Human Trafficking Task Force, will unite to host the fourth annual Walk for Freedom in Cullman.

The goal of the event, which will be going on simultaneously around the world in 300 different cities, is to help raise awareness for one of the most widespread-yet-overlooked issues in the world today: human trafficking. According to A21, “By fundraising and rallying thousands of people around the cause, the belief is that this event will be the catalyst for the rescue and restoration of human beings who are being exploited as commodities.”

The 1-mile walk will begin at the Cullman County Courthouse at 9 a.m. The walk will conclude in the same location at 11 a.m.

The event is free, and registration is available at www.A21.org/Walk.

Those participating are encouraged to wear black in remembrance of victims of human trafficking. Walk for Freedom is distinctly recognized by its participants who are in single-file lines, wearing black shirts and yellow bandanas across their mouths.

Donations will be accepted, and T-shirts will be for sale to help raise funds.

“We are utterly convinced that slavery can be eradicated in our lifetime. Walk for Freedom is definitely one of the most impacting things that we do at A21. It is a tangible, practical and doable thing for every single person. All of us can put our feet on the pavement and use our steps to make a difference,” said Christine Caine, A21’s founder.

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