Rescue Race 2017

GWU Club Plans Second Annual Human Trafficking Awareness 5K

Release the Captives, a campus club at Gardner-Webb University, is working to raise resources and awareness about the slave trade around the world. Dedicated to promoting awareness about anti-human trafficking and raising financial support for local and global organizations that fight it, the Release club is planning to host its second annual 5K Run/Walk at GWU on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 9 a.m.

Registration for the race is $20, and all proceeds will go to fund rescue missions for children from forced labor in Ghana. These rescue missions will be provided through a partnership between RTC and Challenging Heights, an organization an anti-trafficking organization based in Ghana that provides support for underserved communities and rescues victimized children.

As a result of the inaugural race in 2016, two children were rescued from forced child labor. While this is just the second 5K the group has sponsored, other fundraising and awareness events have been held throughout the last few years—including Human Trafficking Awareness Week, observed each spring.

Interested in participating in the Rescue Race or supporting the fundraising effort?

Visit the race website

Learn more about the Challenging Heights organization