York College students raise funds for anti-sex trafficking organization
A recent 5K fundraiser organized by YC students raised $1,900 for Christian non-profit Tiny Hands International. The Start Running, Stop Trafficking 5k run/walk had 125 participants, 20 volunteers, and over 150 people attend on Saturday, November 12.
The money raised will support safe homes and care for children intercepted from human traffickers in Nepal.
Paul Yates, director of advocacy and development for Tiny Hands International, was present for the event. He says he loves the enthusiasm he sees from York College students. “It is people like you, that have a passion to DO SOMETHING about this injustice that keeps us going,” Yates said to the crowd before the race began. “There are a lot of other things we could be doing on a Saturday morning and yet, we’re here, defending the defenseless.”
Tiny Hands International is based in Lincoln, Neb.
“It was encouraging to see people from the York community…come together and support Tiny Hands International,” said event organizer Kristin Tuttle, a senior from Lincoln. Tuttle says it was “an amazing surprise” that the event, after expenses, raised more than double their original goal.
Tuttle wished to recognize and thank Grand Central Foods, Cornerstone Bank, the York College Athletic Department, student activities board, York Campus Ministries, the York College cross country and softball teams, and Theta Psi women’s social club.
“We had several volunteers that helped on Saturday as well,” said Tuttle. “Without them, things would not have gone as smoothly as they did.” Tuttle recognized fellow students Alice Hackett and Katie Perry for their efforts in organizing and promoting the event.
“It was inspiring to see both community members and York College students and faculty get active and excited for such a worthy cause. God definitely answered a prayer. Start Running, Stop Trafficking was a financial success and a great experience for all,” said Tuttle.
Students are exploring another fundraising and awareness-raising project for Tiny Hands in December.