“Every 24 hours, 5500 men, women and children become victims of slavery.”
On 19-20 November, forty-eight Harrow Hong Kong students ran in ?the ‘Running to Stop the Traffik’?24 hour race at The Peak to raise awareness and money to stop child slavery and human traffi?c?king. All the participants in the race ran 3.6km ten times – 36 kilometres in a race that challenges all the participants physically and mentally.
This year, Harrow Hong Kong had a bigger delegation with six teams of eight runners, compared to the first year of the School where there were just two teams of 16 students. The team was successful, finishing in the top five for their perfomance in the race and also raising a large sum of money.
In total, the whole event raised HKD1,421,014.44 of which the Harrow Hong Kong teams raised more than 10% of the total amount. One of the girls’ teams raised the highest amount of all 100 teams in the field and the boys came in 4th position overall in that category. Amelia Phipps (Y10, Wu) was the fastest female runner in the races.
“You can be so extremely proud of the students. The efforts and perseverance they showed during the 24 hours on the Peak was really touching,” commented one parent. This was very much a student led event that was supported in large part by the parents and whilst all those who took part have made a huge contribution to a worthy cause, Frans Otten (Y13, Sun) is to be thanked for coordinating all the Harrow Hong Kong teams which were led by: Emma Carter (Y13, Wu); Emma Bilney (Y12, Gellhorn); Mimi Li (Y11, Gellhorn); James England-Brammer & Hamza Apabhai (Y12, Peel).
It is estimated that over a quarter of a million people trapped in slavery today are under the age of 18. The two beneficiaries of the money raised are key forces that fight hard against human trafficking and child slavery. Right4Children focuses on the prevention and long-term change aspect of battling human trafficking, and The Exodus Road supports rescue missions in South-East Asia and India.