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Brisk Sunday walk in Basingstoke to raise awareness of human trafficking
DOZENS of walkers spent a Sunday afternoon on a stroll that raised awareness of an important issue.
About 75 fundraisers walked from Wessex Christian Fellowship, in Wessex Close, Basingstoke, around three-mile and six-mile routes which took in many of the local churches to support group Hope for Justice, a Christian organisation which combats human trafficking.
The walk was organised by Kim Austen, of ACTFORJUSTICE – a network of groups across the UK which supports Hope for Justice.
Kim said: “The mood was buoyant and we found that many people were asking questions as we went along, which is a great way of raising awareness.”
The walkers, who were mainly members, or friends of members, of Basingstoke churches, visited St Michael’s Church, in Church Square, after completing the route, where they enjoyed tea and biscuits and had the opportunity to talk about why they were all taking part.
Hope for Justice is a charity set up to investigate, rescue and rehabilitate victims, and prosecute the traffickers, working closely with the police and other agencies.
The charity, based in Manchester, also works through local groups, such as ACTFORJUSTICE in Basingstoke, who help by raising awareness of the problem at a local level and raise funds for the ongoing work.
Kim said that the walkers were encouraged to collect sponsorship.
She added: “The money is still being counted but we think the final figure will be between £4,500 and £5,000.”
She said she would be keen to organise a similar fundraising event in the future.
To make a donation, visit justgiving.com/teams/walkforjusticesept2013, or for more information, visit hopeforjustice.org.uk.
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