Walk for Freedom returns to Fishers Oct. 14

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Julia Rayner, center, gives a pre-walk speech at last year’s Walk for Freedom. (Submitted photo)

Fishers resident Julia Rayner is bringing a worldwide fundraiser Walk for Freedom back to Fishers Oct. 14. This will be the fourth year Fishers residents can participate in the event. All proceeds benefit A21.

“A21 is a nonprofit organization, and basically their goal is to abolish slavery in the 21st century,” Rayner said. “They help with human trafficking, not just sex trafficking, but that’s included. It’s everything categorized under human trafficking. They work to rescue and restore victims from human trafficking. All money goes towards rescuing victims.”

Participants wear black and walk in a single-file line for approximately 3 miles. The event begins at 9 a.m. at Peterson’s Restaurant, 7690 E 96th St.

Rayner said there are 50 nations involved, hosting more than 600 walks. This is Rayner’s fourth year hosting the event. Last year, the Fishers event raised approximately $1,000.

Participants are encouraged to purchase a T-shirt for $15, but the walk is free. Registration can be completed at a21.org.

“My passion is that I want to shine a light for this injustice that’s going on and bring it to the community so more people will be aware that it’s just not happening in other countries or other parts of the world, but it is actually happening in everybody’s cities,” Rayner said. “It’s happening in Fishers, and it’s happening in every city.”


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