Wednesday, June 18, 2014

TIU Students to Bike from Illinois to California to Fight Human Trafficking

Deerfield, Illinois – Four men from Trinity International University’s football team have created “Bike4Solution” and are partnering with Bright Hope to fight human trafficking in Northern India by biking across the country starting June 14, 2014.

Graduates Jono Mullins, Tommy Kenney, Dusty Alewine and Dan Johnson will bike 2,200 miles from TIU’s campus in Deerfield, Illinois to Mission Viejo, California. The team’s mission is to use bikes as a simple solution in the fight against modern-day slavery. Through raising awareness, they are providing people with an opportunity to join Bright Hope in the fight against the modern slavery epidemic.

Bike4Solution’s goal is to raise $55,000 to rescue young women and minors from sex trafficking. Proceeds will allow 16 girls trapped in sex trafficking to be rescued and restored through Bright Hope’s Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative in Northern India. Funds will cover the costs of the raids, rescues and 12-month restoration program for each girl.

In the fall of 2013, the TIU football team viewed a documentary on human trafficking that jumpstarted them into action for trafficked victims and survivors. Throughout the football season, the team raised $14,500 to rescue and restore five girls through Bright Hope. “We saw that this is an issue that our generation faces and it's up to us to rise up and become the solution. As men it became personal. We realized that our own ownership of this is to lead sexually pure lives and not feed the system of selling people for sex. We also realized that God was calling us to do something more. We are to raise awareness for others. If we all take a step, we will be part of the solution. This is our heart,” the team said.

One of the men added, “We want to be a voice for the voiceless. You can bring awareness right where you are and become a part of helping right now.”

Join these four men in being the solution as they fight for these vulnerable women and children. “Every mile matters. Every dollar saves lives.” Visit http://www.bike4solution.squarespace.com to follow, support and pray for Jono, Tommy, Dusty and Dan on their journey.

Learn more about Bright Hope’s Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative.