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Race to raise trafficking awareness is Saturday

Posted: October 20, 2013 - 12:04am

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Hoping to raise money and awareness to the plight of victims of human trafficking, I Care Ministry is playing host to the Shed Light on Trafficking 5k and Family Challenge Saturday at Blanchard Woods Park at 9 a.m.

Cost for the 5K is $25 and there is a noncompetitive One Mile Family Challenge which costs $40 per family. The proceeds will go toward the building of a home for victims of trafficking.

“The money that we’re raising with the race is to buy the property.” said Shelby Andrews, one of five volunteers helping organize the race along with Regan Boudreaux, Erin Hosmer, Stephen Matjasko and Lisa Hall.

The group has raised $20,000 thus far but needs to come up with an additional $80-85,000 to purchase the land. Once they have reached their goal, the construction of the house would cost virtually nothing.

“Wendell Price is the builder who had said he will put the house up, basically,” Andrews said.

Hall helped organize the race for Aimee Copeland last year, and she came across an e-mail from Andy Copeland saying he and his family wanted to come back to the area and help raise money for another cause, so they will be on hand as well to help give support to those women and children affected by trafficking.

The race is also designed to be a source of inspiration.

“That’s the goal, to tell people no matter what they’ve gone through, they can overcome it,” Andrews said.

Register at Active.com by Friday or beginning at 8 a.m. on race day. The 5K includes a T-shirt and goodie bag, but the One Mile Family Challenge does not. Go to i-care4.org/shedlight.html.

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