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Run for STOP

10 Oct

STOP (Stop Trafficking of People) is an initiative under the Vine Community Services Limited (VCSL) that works in partnership with the local community to end human trafficking in and through Hong Kong.

Their goals are to raise awareness about trafficking, connect with key counter-trafficking groups, provide victims with support, allow their voices to be heard, and to serve as a catalyst for positive change in the fight against modern-day slavery. They respond to victims’ needs in four ways:
* Legal Referral & Social Assistance
* Weekly Outreach
* Network Building
* Public Education

Just as they walk the whole recovery journey with survivors, you can enter a marathon or fun run and walk or run your own journey to the finish line to show your support for STOP.

On 1-4 December 2017, STOP will be leading a team of 30 running the International Angkor Wat Half Marathon.

STOP’s Mission
Raise awareness and money to support the work of STOP in Hong Kong, including legal referral & social assistance, public education, outreach and network building.

Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, and travel insurance.

What did we do with the funds raised in 2016?
Last year, a group of 30 Run For STOP runners successfully raised over HK$800,000. With the fund, STOP was able to extend their Legal Referral and Social Assistance program, including evidence gathering, medical, optical and emergency housing, to a few more clients from Southeast Asia. Moreover, they were also able to assist two clients to return home to Kenya in late December and mid-January and to connect them with a local organization which helps with re-integration.

Apart from STOP’s signature program, they also started a new project called 100 Stories HK with a couple of their community partners half a year ago. It is a collaborative social media project which aims to share real life experiences from survivors of trafficking – which will be launched by mid-May 2017.

Why #RunforSTOP?
A safe place for victims of trafficking to temporarily stay plays a critical part in the healing process. It allows the victims to begin regaining the control that was lost as a result of their victimization.

STOP foresees that this shelter will offer improved and increased standards of accommodation, security, and other supporting services to people who experience physical and psychological abuse and who are in danger from their immediate family environment.

Violence can cause significant and long-term injuries, both physical and psychological, which are difficult to heal, especially for young ethnic minority female. The shelter will provide them with a safe environment and opportunities to entertain and educate, while their court proceedings are being dealt with.

In 2017, STOP is hoping to raise HK$500,000 to establish a shelter which designated for victims of human trafficking in order to provide a holistic care. And with your participation, they can achieve that.

Date: 1 – 4 December 2017

Place: Siem Reap, Cambodia

Full Tour Package WITH flight
Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, travel insurance and direct flight.
* 21km Half Marathon – HK$7,620 + $404 (Tax)
* 10km Road Race – HK$7,580 + $404 (Tax)
* 3km Family Run with children UNDER 5 years old
2 adults & 1 child – HK$18,100 + $1,212 (Tax)
Additional children – HK$4,100 + $404 (Tax) per child
* 3km Family Run with children ABOVE 5 years old
2 adults & 1 child – HK$18,420 + $1,212 (Tax)
Additional children – HK$4,420 + $404 (Tax) per child

Basic Tour package WITHOUT flight
Tour package includes marathon registration, 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel, 2 lunches, airport to hotel return transfer, event transport, team jersey, and travel insurance.
* 21km – HK$2,850 + $520 (marathon registration fee)
* 10km – HK$2,850 + $480 (marathon registration fee)

For full information on this run, please go to their website

To register your interest, please fill out the Online Application Form. For any inquiries, please contact Ms. Lolly Law at lolly.law@vcsl.org

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852 Freedom Campaign

7 Dec

852-logoThe 852 Freedom Campaign is a new justice movement with a focus on raising up our next generation’s abolitionists to help end modern slavery in our lifetime.

This is a city-wide movement of fighting modern slavery and 852 Freedom Campaign is mobilizing churches, companies, schools to volunteer their talents and do their part to help.

852-freedom-campaign-3852 Freedom Campaign is also partnering with frontline NGO workers who help victims of slavery and exploitation. And they are campaigning with an international TV channel to reach the city of Hong Kong and through their network of more than 1,400 churches. People from over 30 different churches supported their first event, the Sweatshop Challenge, on May 8, 2015.

Objective
To mobilize ordinary people across Hong Kong and Asia to play an active role in fighting human slavery by using their skills and abilities to raise awareness, funding and new initiatives. See this article in SCMP on 6 November 2016.

Target Groups
852-freedom-campaign-1Target group includes anyone who has a heart for wanting to see slavery end. This includes: Christians, students, business people, professionals, NGO workers, and the general public.

Partners
To help address this important human rights issue, the 852 Freedom Campaign, the International Christian Assembly (ICA) Church and The Mekong Club have initiated a new justice movement entitled “852 Freedom Campaign” with a focus on raising up the next generation’s abolitionists to help end modern slavery in our lifetime. Any organization willing to join from all areas, including: churches, corporations, NGOs, schools, universities, and community groups etc.

Approach
852-freedom-campaign-2The objective of the 852 Freedom Campaign is to mobilize ordinary people across Hong Kong to play an active role in fighting human slavery by using their skills and abilities to raise awareness, funding and new initiatives.

If you are interested in adding your voice to the 852 Freedom Campaign, please reach out by following this link and complete the contact form.