November 15th was a very special day for us here at the ZOE USA office. It is hard to believe that over a month has gone by since our very special event. The theme for this year’s 3rd Annual ZOE Rescue Walk was D.O.T., Do One Thing. The topic of human trafficking is often times looked at as an enormous worldwide problem; but we believe that everybody can do just one thing to make a difference, to bring hope to those waiting to be rescued.
Months of planning and prepping went into this special day and the result, over 850 people walking to bring awareness to the issue of human trafficking. That number was just our Southern California campus. In addition, we had three other satellite walks happening on the same day which drew in an additional 300 walkers, bringing the grand total to over 1000 people from Northern and Southern California, Indiana and Illinois all coming together to combat child trafficking!
It was so humbling seeing so many rally together to be a voice for the cause. We had amazing sponsors that joined with us for our walk; our Gold Level sponsors were Clover and First City Credit Union. Our Silver Level sponsors were Whitening Lightening, Anela Products, CNC West Coast, Inc, Al Brooks Tickets and Rosa Media Productions. Our Bronze Level sponsors were Socal Advertising, Hauge Printing, Simple Air Solutions and JCPenney Portraits. Along with our sponsors and our walkers, we had multiple vendors (Share & Do Good, iSanctuary, Passport 2 Freedom, Forever Found) selling items handmade by trafficking survivors as well as food trucks & vendors (Belly Bombz, The Grilled Cheese Truck, Chabot Cake Creations, Kokolita Cakes ) showing their support.
Children of all ages could be seen throughout the park accompanying their parents; all "doing their one thing" to end child trafficking. Though we did not meet our financial goal of $150,000, the $85,000+ that was raised is such a blessing and will be used towards caring for orphans and rescuing more children. An exact figure is still unknown due to funds still coming in post walk. Praise Jesus! We believe that seeds have been planted from this event not only in the hearts of adults that attended, but in the children who will be the next generation to carry on the legacy of bringing hope to the hurting world.
Thank you to everyone that was a part of this event. You made it truly successful! And if you missed the Walk this year, not to worry, we will be looking for you next year at our 2015 ZOE Rescue Walk!
Thank you, Tony Berru Photography for giving of your time to take pictures for us.