Running “for those not free to run ... yet,” Tampa/Atlanta morning show The Morning Cruise (The JOY FM) hosted 284 runners last month and raised more than $170,000 for Hope for Justice, which works globally and locally to “end human trafficking and slavery in our generation.”
According to The Joy FM, the hosting of the 284 listener-runners who participated in Tampa’s iconic Gasparilla Distance Classic February 20-21 marked the fifth year for the morning show’s effort.
Team leader Carmen Brown established a partnership in 2012 with Curb recording artist Natalie Grant, Founder of Abolition International (which merged with Hope for Justice in 2015) and formed Free To Run. At that time, there were 132 participants and $60,000 was raised for the cause.
In addition to supporting Hope for Justice, support from The Morning Cruise’s team has been used to launch a Cambodian Educational Pilot program for girls rescued from trafficking.
The program seeks to empower girls through education and training.
According to the Hope for Justice Website (www.hopeforjustice.org), there are more than 20 million persons enslaved today, many who are sexually exploited children. The youngest victim rescued to-date was a one-year old, according to the organization's 2013 report.
By NRB Staff
Published: March 10, 2016