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You are being directed to the registration platform, Eventbrite. Rescue:Freedom does not lead these events. They are hosted by volunteers and these volunteers are not guides. You are assuming all responsibility for your training, preparation and hike/climb or backpack. Although it is regarded as a personal hike/climb/backpack and supports Rescue:Freedom, to foster community, the hike/climb/backpack will take place as a group. Interactions with volunteers before and during the hike are considered assistance based, as any person would offer on the trail. We are not a guide service and our volunteers are not guides. The only guided events are Mt. Baker and the Cascade Mountain Traverse. You as a participant are assuming all risks associated with these activities.
This community has climbed mountains, trekked trails, ran races, biked miles, organized dinners, and so much more to fight human trafficking. Since 2013, $2,779,806 we’ve raised together! 2021 was our biggest year yet with almost $800,000 raised. This community of abolitionists is filled with incredible people who do what they love to fight what they hate. We believe every person deserves to be free and invite you to join us in working towards that goal!
Need some inspiration? Here’s what a few of our supporters are up to:
Josh Hebert and Dan Lao
Meet Josh and Dan! They are two of the mountaineers at the heart of Climb for Captives, a banner under which groups of friends climb mountains to fight for the freedom of trafficking victims. Josh and Dan have summitted mountains around the Pacific Northwest dozens of times and, this summer, invited climbers to join them in two successful climbs of Mt Baker. Since 2008, mountain climbers have raised more than $1.5 million dollars to fight sexual slavery through Climb for Captives.
Meet Noelle! Noelle did her first fundraising back in 2018. She hiked 23 miles in a single day and raised nearly $4,000 that first year. Noelle continued to come back year over year and has since mobilized her community in Jacksonville, FL to do what they love to fight what they hate. Noelle climbed over 14,000 feet in Colorado two years in a row and is now planning a trek through the Olympics in 2022. Collectively, she has mobilized over 20 people and inspired generosity in people from around the country.
Meet Shelby! A watercolor artist and teacher, Shelby seeks to bring light and joy into people’s lives with her paintings. She created a painting called “Mountains of Freedom” and donated the sales of the original and prints to a friend’s Freedom Hike campaign. The following year, Shelby hosted an online, live watercolor class and gave the ticket sales to Rescue:Freedom. She is bringing beauty into people’s homes while doing what she loves to fight what she hates!
Meet Wendy! Wendy runs a CrossFit gym in the Pacific Northwest and her church rallied to raise money in unique ways through Freedom February. She invited her athletes to compete against each other in a gauntlet style of workout called a throwdown. They accepted the challenge, prepared physically and mentally for the big event, and raised money too!
Meet Ella! Ella is 9 years old and chose to dedicate her birthday so that other 9 year old girls could be free. She could not believe that there were girls in the world just like her that were not given the ability to choose to play, laugh, and just be a kid. She did not want gifts for herself, but rather wanted everyone to donate to her campaign. She raised over $5,000 in 2019.
aaron and bethany baird
Meet Aaron and Bethany! Having done a Freedom Hike in 2018 and helped with another in 2019, Bethany was familiar with what it took to host one. She and her husband, Aaron, launched Freedom Hike Idaho in 2020 and hosted it again in 2021. 30+ hikers have come together to hike 23 miles in one day through the Sawtooth Mountains to celebrate what they’ve raised throughout the year. Thanks to Aaron and Bethany’s “yes”, more than $150,000 has been raised to fight sex trafficking.
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and I am the Community Mobilization Manager. I want to inspire and equip you to use what you have and love to do, to fight sex trafficking. You can raise money, make a huge impact and have a meaningful experience doing all of it.
Before I was on staff at Rescue:Freedom, I found myself in the exact spot that you are right now. I was compelled to do something to fight sex trafficking. I had an idea what that was going to look like, but I used the resources available to me and I went for it. I love to hike and get outdoors and I hate that exploitation still exists. So, in 2017, I rallied my community to go on an endurance hike and raise $5,000 for Rescue:Freedom. We ended up raising over $20,000 the first year and $80,000 the next year. Now, there is a robust community of people just like you that are raising nearly $800,000 annually. I am a firm believer that outlandish goals are within our reach. There is power when we come together as a community. It isn’t you or I on our own in this fight, it is US. Together, we can end sex trafficking in our lifetime.