There will be many perfectly timed “tune-up” races as we lead up the Prairie Fire. The price for this 5K goes up this weekend. Read a little more about this fantastic race and why signing up will do so much for you and this city.
From ICT S.O.S. Founder, Jennifer White:
In March of 2011 an article about a child being sold for sex in our city changed the course of my life. Yes, a child. Yes, in Wichita. A 13 year old girl had been sold between middle aged men at a convenience store. At the time my oldest daughter was 12 and the story struck the deepest part of my soul. I cried over that poor girl that I didn’t even know. I thought about her for days- and the others like her. I couldn’t shake her story and so I started to look for answers. I contacted the journalist who wrote the story and asked how the community could get involved. When there wasn’t a way, I decided to create one.
ICT S.O.S started as a simple donation drive for supplies for the Street Outreach team at the Wichita Children’s Home. Over the last year and half it has grown exponentially and our grassroots effort has become a resource for volunteers, donations, funds and awareness in our community. We partner with local social service agencies, ministries, and law enforcement to provide the resources they need to serve the young women who are victimized or at risk in our community.
One of the immediate problems we are faced with is lack of safe housing for girls once they are rescued out of a trafficking situation. The Race for Freedom 5k Walk/Run has a goal of raising funds to help create an alternative to jail- which is where the girls are taken now due to lack of an appropriate alternative. With guidance from the Exploited and Missing Children’s Unit of the Wichita Police department we will work to create 2 secure apartments that can be utilized for emergency overnight shelter. A warm, safe bed- not a cell.
Saturday September 8th the Race for Freedom 5k will take place starting at Carpenter Place. A course through the Indian Hills area and along the river will wind back around to the finish line on the campus. Prize money for top finishers, a kids’ run and a great atmosphere will make this innaugural event a great time for runners, walkers and supporters alike. Kake’s Susan Peters and Power 93.9′s Heather Larson will share emcee duties for the day. If you’re looking for a great warm-up run before the Prairie Fire Marathon- this is it!
For more information about Race for Freedom, please visit: www.race4freedom.com
To learn more about ICT S.O.S. visit: www.ictsos.org