40.3 for Freedom to Stop Slavery
Globally, there are 40.3 million people living in slavery. Already in a vulnerable state, the crisis is tipping those on the edge into poverty, further increasing their vulnerability to exploitation and trafficking. In a global crisis like this, they battle with basic survival; recovery from the effects of the pandemic will take years for them.
Over 10 days from 23 November to 2 December 2020, 168 participants from Singapore rose to the call, campaigning passionately for the future of survivors through HAGAR’s inaugural 40.3 for Freedom virtual challenge, raising awareness and crucial funds for survivors of trafficking and slavery.
Through the relentless efforts and commitment from our participants and supporters, more than 4,177 km was covered over the 10-day race period, raising a total of $177,435 – an incredible result that we are immensely grateful for.
More than 70% of our beneficiaries in Cambodia lost their jobs due to COVID-19; majority have not yet found jobs hence it’s been an ongoing stress and burden to make ends meet. Likewise, our beneficiaries in Vietnam, Singapore and Afghanistan face a similar plight as they struggle with the devastating impacts of the global pandemic.
Funds raised will be used to provide emergency food relief, shelter and COVID-19 supplies and we will continue assisting them and focus on long-term sustainable efforts to help them be economically independent.
Congratulations, 40.3 Contest Winners!
During the race period, Jimson reached out to his personal networks and raised an astounding total of $12,707 singlehandedly! We are so awed by the generosity of every single donor and the effort Jimson has put into rallying his friends around the cause. Thank you, Jimson for all that you do!
Team NEWA, Top Team Fundraiser
Paul Chan Hagar’s Team, Best Dressed Challengers
Thank you and see you in 2021!
Stay tuned for the 2021 race dates and till then, stay safe and we wish you joy and hope in the new year!