Aged Care Plus gets ready to walk for freedom as part of the ninth annual Walkathon in support of the Freedom Partnership to end modern day slavery. Since the launch of the Walkathon in 2009, Aged Care Plus has raised more than $600,000 for local and global causes in need. This year the Walkathon will take place from 3 to 9 September, and will again be supporting The Freedom Partnership, The Salvation Army’s national initiative to end modern day slavery in Australia.

It is hard to believe slavery happens here in Australia, but the reality is, it is happening every single day. The Global Slavery Index estimates that 45.8 million children, women and men are enslaved around the world, including 4,300 here in our own backyard.

The Freedom Partnership sets out to create a voice for those marginalised by slavery, by educating Australians on this issue, and working alongside projects through prevention, rescue and restoration. Slavery takes on many forms whether it is forced marriage, human trafficking, obligatory labour or debt bondage. The Freedom Partnership supports victims through the Australian Freedom Fund which makes resources such as shelter, transport, food, legal and emergency medical care available to those in crisis. Not only do they work in reactive measures, they are proactively preventing slavery through mobilising community, business and government to realise their contributions to modern day slavery.

We are calling on you to stand up against slavery by joining us in this year’s Walkathon. You can walk with Aged Care Plus out of the THQ office in Redfern on September 8, donate or find an event near you at one of our Aged Care Plus Centres or Retirement Villages. For more information on the 2017 Walkathon, updates on the events near you and to donate, visit agedcareplus.salvos.org.au/walkathon-2017 We look forward to making a difference to the lives of those subject to slavery, and we are excited to see the amazing work we can do again this year through the Walkathon.