Over 21 members from a local church based in Fox Milne will be taking a stand against human trafficking in Britain, by tackling an exhausting cycle as they ride the full length of the Grand Union canal, 130 miles to raise money for a charity who are striving to eradicate the problem in the UK.
The cyclists are all members or friends of Milton Keynes, Grand Union Vineyard Church, part of the Vineyard UK and Ireland church network and range in age from 14 - 50+ years.
They are taking on this three day challenge from September 16 to 18 for the charity Hope for Justice, aiming to raise £20,000 to help provide much needed funds. The charity who use specially trained investigators to rescue victims of human trafficking within the UK, have seen dozens of people rescued after years of abuse at the hands of people traffickers.
Gareth Russell, Senior Pastor of Grand Union Vineyard Church says, “Cycling 130 miles from Leicester to London along the Grand Union Canal is a huge challenge and slightly daunting! Most people think victims are only trafficked into London and big cities but we have been told there are people trafficked for sex and slavery in every town and city in the UK, including Milton Keynes. Shockingly, some as young as 3 years old.”
If you would like to give a donation towards the Cycle for Justice, Milton Keynes team, please go to www.justgiving.com/cycleforjustice.
For more information about Hope for Justice log onto www.hopeforjustice.org.uk or for Grand Union Vineyard Church www.grandunionchurch.org.