Fighting Human Trafficking At UofM
FREEDOM 10 x 6
This school year, Segue, a student group at the University of Manitoba (U of M) decided that they would tackle an enormous social justice issue. Spearheaded by Tammy Junghans, Mission Canada, the students organized FREEDOM 10×6, a campaign designed to fund freedom for victims of human trafficking.
FREEDOM 10×6 aims to raise awareness surrounding the issue and raise funds for International Justice Mission (IJM). IJM states that the cost of freedom for one victim affected by human trafficking is $1,000 CAD. Their financial goal is to raise enough money to fund freedom for ten victims by June 2012, the end of the six-month campaign.
After an awareness event at U of M guided by MP Joy Smith and Mark Wollenberg of IJM and a social media fundraising campaign titled Cages on Campus, three young men came together to organize a free benefit concert. Current bands Stone Throw Second and David James & Band gave their time, along with Miss Canada 2011, Tara Teng. These three young men prayed and planned together, supported one another and worked hard. Their hard work paid off when over 400 people attended the event and over $7,000 was donated.
This story should be an encouragement that God is at work through the lives of university students who are pressing into God, not walking away from Him. FREEDOM 10×6 also demonstrates the ability for local initiatives to make an impact on a global, social issue.
Tammy Junghans is a Mission Canada missionary. Keep track of her activities at the University of Manitoba by visiting www.tammyjunghans.com.