SLAVERY may sound like a word from the past.
But today, around the world, there are more people in slavery than ever before.
A21 – a global organisation with a mission to abolish slavery in the 21st Century (A21), is already making a difference around the world.
On October 14, they will host their Walk For Freedom in 600 cities across 50 countries.
In the annual campaign, participants walk single-file through their city, to raise awareness about the issue and take a stand against injustice.
Upper Hunter residents keen to make a difference are encouraged to join the inaugural Singleton walk.
As the first scheduled walk for 2017, the local event will be kicking off the worldwide campaign, with walkers gathering at Generate Church, 3 Campbell Street, Singleton, at 10am.
“Generate Church has supported the A21 Campaign for almost as long as it has existed so there are many people that are passionate about it and want to create awareness in their own community,” Singleton’s Christina Dicks said.
“We hope it will encourage people to come from Muswellbrook and Cessnock areas as well.
“The horrifying statistic that there are 27 million people in slavery across the globe in this day and age was for me staggering and disturbed me beyond words.
“Those of us with a voice can also be the voice for those who have been silenced.
“The more of us that speak out, the louder the message, and the further it travels.
“We may think we can’t change something that is such a huge issue but together we can.
“We are a powerful voice when we unite.
“People of all ages and backgrounds in the Upper Hunter can show their strength by joining with like-minded people from across the globe in this year’s Walk For Freedom.
“If someone is rescued from slavery due to a chain of events that started from participating in this walk, isn't that worth it?”
The walk will start and finish in Campbell Street.
To register, visit www.a21.org/singleton-au
For more information, contact Christina on 0401 919 994.