IH Free Project members run against sex trafficking

IH Free Project members run against sex trafficking
Posted on 05/26/2017
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On Saturday, May 20, five members of the Indian Hill chapter of the Free Project ran the Aruna 5k race, breaking a world record to free enslaved women around the world. The Free Project is a national organization with the purpose of raising awareness about modern slavery. Indian Hill High School is the first high school to join this important effort. 

The Aruna Project is another national organization that urges people to walk/run and raise money to empower and free women caught in sex trafficking. When Aruna came to Cincinnati, as team leader for the race, junior Llyona Lallement saw this opportunity as perfect to raise awareness within the Free Project chapter and throughout the school. This was reinforced by Aruna's success on Saturday to break a world record – the most people to run a 5k tethered to each other. The previous record was 179 people, which was broken this year with 190.

The race started at 9 am on Saturday morning in front of Cincinnati's National Freedom Center. Four students of IHHS' Free Project members ran the race: Llyona Lallement, junior Kate Lewis, sophomore Anna Lewis and junior James Orr, plus teacher Mark Atwood, who joined the cause. Junior Julia Yingling, the chapter's president, was signed up but couldn't make it due to illness. To support the chapter, the IH runners wore t-shirts they had made specially for the event.

Go Aruna, and go IH Free Project!