Mr K and I went to a fundraiser dinner tonight for TriFreedom. This is a group of locals raising funds for the A21 Campaign (A21 is short for abolishing slavery in the 21st century). You can view their videos here. Less than 1% of people sold into sex slavery are able to get out of it alive. Each year, the “business” of human trafficking makes more than McDonalds, Walmart and Coca-cola combined. This could be your sister, cousin, friend, daughter. More people are enslaved around the world now, than ever before.
Edit 7/8: Found this blog post that says a bit more about why we should care about human trafficking.
The TriFreedom group raised funds by competing in an Australian Ironman or Half Ironman competition in May this year. Many of them had never even tried (pun intended) a triathlon before and they managed to complete a Half Ironman! Some of them even won or placed highly in their categories! It was a truly inspirational evening. We saw photos of the lead-up to the event and race day itself. Some. of. those. hills. would. be. heartstoppers. Two young ladies from the Sydney office of A21 attended to receive the cheque from TriFreedom. The challenge is out: who wants to be part of the team in 2012? They have about 20 people signed up already. The really scary thing, that is a TOTAL mind-shift for me, is that I’m actually considering it. Here I am, struggling to run 1km and I’m considering a half ironman?
was is was is to complete an olympic distance triathlon. That is a 1.5 km swim, 40 km ride, 10 km run. A half ironman on the other hand is almost twice that with a 1.9 km swim, 90 km ride, 21.1 km run. Is it do-able? From couch potato to half ironman in approximately 15 months? Have you done it? Do you know someone who has?
I’m really motivated by this cause, as you can probably tell if you’ve read this far down the post. 🙂 It is gut-wrenching to know that this is still happening, and to what extent. Maybe this is one small (big) thing I can do to make a difference.