A 5K WALK FOR FREEDOM

Compassion First is calling all advocates for freedom to join together on July 30, World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, in a Virtual 5k Lantern Walk for Freedom to create awareness and support for survivors of sex trafficking. Our lanterns will represent a world of advocates lighting the way for survivors, pursuing a future where she can pursue her dreams.

The symbol of the lantern finds its roots in Reverend John Rankin, who made the freedom of enslaved people his life and calling. With his house high on a hill and visible for miles, Rankin would raise a lantern when it was safe for escaping slaves to cross the Ohio River. Many people ascended the 540-foot staircase he had built to aid them to his home of refuge. It is suggested that none of those who stayed there were ever recaptured.

Throughout history, the lantern has represented freedom, safety, and hope. Together, we can light the way for more survivors to find a path to a bright new future.

Here’s What You Can Do:

  • Register as a Participant¬†
    • Your $45 registration fee includes a CF Lantern Walk 5k tee-shirt and lantern.
    • Map your own course around your community on behalf of the brave and resilient survivors who are pursuing their dreams.
  • Host your own Lantern Walk Party
    • Invite your friends and family to register, and then come together on July 30 for a backyard BBQ or game night, culminating in a Lantern Walk around your neighborhood.
  • Donate to the Cause¬†
    • From rescue to restoration, your generosity makes a way for a survivor to experience freedom in every step of her journey.

The Inspiration

This event was dreamed up by a young supporter of Compassion First, Madison Argyle, who wanted to use her 16th birthday to make an impact. Madison is hosting a community Lantern Walk for Freedom in her Virginia neighborhood, raising awareness and funds for Compassion First.

Inspired by Madison, we are extending the impact by inviting you to join a Virtual 5k Lantern Walk on July 30. Together, we can light the way for more survivors to find a path to freedom.

Registration

Please register using the button below! You will be asked to select your t-shirt size. We can’t wait to have you join us on July 30th!

Host a Lantern Walk Party

Do you know a few friends who would love to join you for the 5k Lantern Walk for Freedom? Or maybe you have a nice backyard for barbecues, are looking for a reason to get the family together, or know your church would like to be involved.

Good news –¬† you can invite your friends and family to register and come together on July 30 for a backyard BBQ or game night, culminating in a Lantern Walk around your neighborhood!

If you want to bring together people in your community for an in-person Lantern Walk, then we want to help you out. Fill out the simple form below to indicate that you would like to host an event, and we will send you all the resources you might need to map out a 5k, share about Compassion First, and more.

If you have questions about hosting a 5K Walk/Run, please email us at inquire@compassionfirst.org.

Virtual Lantern Walk Party Host

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From rescue to restoration, your generosity makes a way for a survivor to experience freedom in every step of her journey. Thank you for coming alongside each of the amazing girls, children, and women we serve and for supporting their dreams through your generosity. We are so grateful to be doing this work with you!

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