24 Hour Race is a platform to inspire young people to take the lead in confronting modern day slavery. Students take on the responsibility to raise funds and advocate for the organisations they’ve championed. Every dollar donated will multiply the resources mobilised to erode modern slavery in countries and communities across the globe.
On one hand, this allows us to invest in the infrastructure - technology, sponsorships, personnel - to scale the 24 Hour Race sustainably and responsibly. On the other, we work with our beneficiary partners to address slavery at the grassroots level.
In 2016 we run for
Right4Children focuses on the prevention and long term change aspect of battling human trafficking. They do this through various projects ranging from hotel training programs to earthquake rebuilding. They focus on helping young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, which includes former trafficking victims. Right4Children acknowledges the ease in which rescued trafficking victims tends to go back to traffickers as they face many hardships during their reintegration into society - they have most likely missed many crucial years of education making it hard for them to find jobs, and they also have to face social stigma.
The Exodus Road’s main focus is on intervention in the form of rescue missions in South-East Asia and India. This means freeing trafficked individuals through legal means with the help of the local police force and government. The reason for this is that they know their raids have more of an impact when they are supported by the law. They also aim to prosecute traffickers which acts as a deterrent to other traffickers - this leads to a knock on effect on the trafficking industry as an increased chance of conviction increases the danger of trafficking.
We are thrilled to announce our continued partnership with Blue Dragon Children’s Foundation as one of Singapore’s chosen beneficiaries for the race. This Australian charity in Vietnam began in 2003, with two friends giving English lessons to street kids. Since then, Blue Dragon has expanded into an organization of 67 loyal staff, helping to support over 1,500 children throughout Vietnam every year.
H.O.M.E, founded in 2004, is a registered charity and society that works closely with the Ministry of Manpower, Immigration authorities, and the various foreign embassies to ensure the wellbeing of workers. ‘To build a culture of welcome where no man, woman or child is a stranger; we are family’, their vision clearly states that their goal is to create an inclusive society which upholds the principles of equality and non-discrimination
SUKA Society is a small but growing organization, one that has already inspired our student network in Kuala Lumpur through its educational and awareness programming. This year 24 Hour Race will support the operations of SUKA’s transitional shelter for victims of trafficking to Malaysia, a destination country for domestic workers, bonded labor, and the sex trade. SUKA’s shelter is designated primarily for children, so often exploited in these circumstances. This is a key resource in the government’s effort to address the human trafficking situation. SUKA’s programming at the shelters place an emphasis on vocational skill-set development, so that victims not only have a productive pipeline back into society, but are able to generate income while in the transitory shelter.
The inaugural race in Seoul 2016 is excited to have a local charity partner that operates in the same city as the race is held.
HOPE Be Restored stands for "Helping the Oppressed and Prisoners of injustice Escape and Be Restored". Hope Be Restored seeks to bring freedom for the oppressed and restoration to lives that have been effected by human trafficking in Korea and around the world. HOPE began in January of 2011 and serving the community in Seoul by providing direct services to victims of sex-trafficking.