13th Annual World Race for Hope Troy 5k

Our annual New Year’s Day 5k in Troy is back for its 13th year. Like the 2019 edition, the charity run/walk event to kick off National Slavery Prevention and Human Trafficking Awareness Month will start and end on the river levee by the gazebo in Troy. Once again, it’s also a no frills, free 5k, with any donations going towards the fight against human trafficking in the Dayton area. Although registration for the 5k is free, you can still choose buy a commemorative shirt for $15, which comes from Freeset, a company that employs survivors of sex trafficking in Kolkata, India. To get a shirt, you must register by November 30th.

Online Registration: https://runsignup.com/worldraceforhopetroy

Note: if you’re not able to make it to Troy on New Year’s Day, or if you live out of the area, you can still start off the year on the right foot and support the cause by doing the virtual 5k.

 

January 2019 Challenge for Social Justice

Registration for our January 2019 Challenge for Social Justice is now open. To expand upon our annual Virtual 5k race that takes place every January, the goal of this challenge is to create a grassroots movement to raise awareness of human trafficking, in support of Free To Run Foundation’s partner organizations fighting trafficking in locations around the world. How you decide to challenge yourself in January is up to you. If running or walking is something you normally do, you can pick a day to run or walk a 5 km course wherever you are (aka, a virtual 5k), or you can recruit some friends, family and co-workers and do a 5k together. Or, if you practice yoga, get together with some of your friends and offer a yoga class, and dedicate a few minutes of the class to share about human trafficking. Free To Run can provide you with talking points and other helpful resources, and if you’d like to have others in your community join you, we can list your event or activity on our website.

How you challenge yourself in January to raise awareness of social justice is up to you. As an individual or as a group, whatever skills or talents you have, something that you’re passionate about, or something you want to do to challenge yourself or to go outside of your comfort zone, you can do something that you can use to draw attention to and educate others about human trafficking.

To register for our 5k Race for Hope on New Year’s Day in Troy, Ohio, the Virtual 5k Race, or the January Challenge, go to the following website:

http://www.runsignup.com/january2019challenge

 

Help Us Shine a Light on Slavery

The End It Movement is a coalition of some of the world’s leading anti-trafficking organizations, like Free the Slaves, International Justice Mission, Not for Sale, and Polaris. Each year, they establish one day to Shine a Light on Slavery, and this year, that day is Thursday, February 22. We are participating in this worldwide day of awareness by encouraging all of our supporters to post on social media on 2/22 using End It’s red X. You can draw an X on your hand, like our ambassador Juli did in a previous year, or you can create an image using a digital X from End It’s website. When you post a picture, be sure to use hash tag #enditmovement, and tag Free To Run Foundation in the picture. We will re-post some pictures throughout the day. If you are on Facebook, join our Facebook event and invite others to Shine a Light on Slavery on February 22.

 

UNCHAINED Fashion Show Casting Call – December 14, 2016

We are bringing UNCHAINED back to Troy for a fashion show that will be part of a social justice awareness event on January 28, 2017. Since the last fashion show in Troy in September 2015, UNCHAINED has a new collection, and will need up to 30 females to participate in this show. No modeling experience necessary, just a passion for social justice.

When: Wednesday, December 14, 5:30 p.m.

Where: First Place Christian Center, 16 W. Franklin St, Troy, OH 45373 (enter through Franklin St. entrance)

What: An open casting call to be a model in an UNCHAINED fashion show on January 28 in Troy. If possible, bring high heels to the casting call.

Who: Females of all ages, but given the sensitive topic of human trafficking, a suggested minimum age of 10 or above.

Why: To raise awareness of human trafficking, to join a movement, and to make a difference.

If you have questions, feel free to email UNCHAINED at unchainedfashionshow@gmail.com.

One of the models at the September 2015 show

One of the models at the September 2015 show

World Race for Hope Troy 5k & Virtual Race – 1/1/2017

Registration is open for the 10th annual 5k charity run/walk in Troy, Ohio on New Year’s Day. Start off the year on the right foot by running or walking for a purpose, to raise awareness for the 2nd largest criminal industry globally, human trafficking. Proceeds from the event support Free To Run’s programs and our Dayton-area charity partners, Abolition Ohio and Oasis House. Register by 11/30 to be guaranteed a fair trade shirt.

https://runsignup.com/worldraceforhopetroy

If you live outside of the Dayton area, you can still support the cause by participating in our virtual race. You can run or walk 5 km anytime and anywhere you want between January 1st and February 1st. Registration for the virtual race is free, but you can choose to get a shirt by mail for $15. The virtual race is intended to spread awareness so when you participate, share on social media, with or without a picture, using the hashtag #virtualrace2endslavery.

Freedom Day Virtual Run

Our annual January Virtual Race is coming to a close at the end of February 1st. We extended the race one day into February in order to recognize Freedom Day, which honors President Abraham Lincoln’s signing of the resolution on February 1, 1865 that would ultimately become the 13th amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Between now and the end of the day on February 1st, you can walk, run, hop, skip or crawl any distance in our virtual race to raise awareness of human trafficking. Share what you’re doing on social media, talk about Freedom Day, and the fact that there are an estimated 36 million people in slavery in the world today, more than any time in history. Use hash tag #FreedomDayVirtualRun and tag Free To Run Foundation on your posts:

Twitter – @freetorunfdn

Instagram – free2runfdn

Facebook – FreeToRunFdn

You can choose to turn awareness into action by officially registering for our Virtual Race for a $10 donation. For $25, you will get an official Free To Run Virtual Race shirt mailed to you.  Register here: https://runsignup.com/virtualrace2endslavery.

Take the first step in becoming a modern day abolitionist by participating in our Virtual Race To End Slavery.

“You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.”
― William Wilberforce

2016 Freedom Film Series

Today we are pleased to announce a new awareness initiative launching this month, our 2016 Freedom Film Series. Throughout the year, we will offer free, open to the public screenings of a variety of movies and documentaries, on global social justice topics ranging from human trafficking to gender equality. The screenings will be held at Mayflower Arts Center in downtown Troy. Tickets will be available at the Mayflower, or online:

Sunday, January 31, 4:00 pm – Not My Life

Sunday, February 21, 3:00 pm – Half the Sky:Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Saturday, August 20, 8:00 pm – Sold the movie + Candlelight Vigil

The film series is made possible in part through a grant from the Miami County Foundation.