For the 5thyear, WBGL formed a team to participate in the Christie Clinic Illinois Marathon to raise awareness about human trafficking. All team members were asked to fundraise, with all proceeds benefiting International Justice Mission. IJM is the world’s largest international anti-slavery organization, working to fight modern day slavery, human trafficking, and other forms of violence against the poor.
Nearly 160 walkers and runners joined the WBGL team and participated in a variety of races from a 5K to a full marathon on April 27th-28thin Champaign-Urbana, IL, and many others purchased t-shirts to support the cause. Together, WBGL listeners and those in the races raised over $83,000 and fully funded 12 Freedom Packages through International Justice Mission – each package includes a rescue operation and aftercare for those rescued.
Middays personality, Meridith Foster said this about being involved, “It is a privilege to partner with WBGL listeners, who repeatedly prove they are a tribe of chain-breaking, justice-pursuing rescuers. Hundreds have joined together to do what they could to raise more than $83,000, and as a result 12 victims of trafficking will be rescued and will be provided with aftercare. Our listeners love the mission of IJM and are willing to go to great lengths to live out Jesus’ call to set the captives free.”