The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin will present The Tour Against Trafficking in an initiative to raise awareness regarding human trafficking throughout Central California as well as raising funds to support groups working to end the horrendous crime.
From Oct. 2-23, a group of bicyclists will ride 750 miles over 18 days throughout Central California. As the tour goes through communities, towns and cities, the tour team will be joined by others including various cycling clubs throughout the valley. Large numbers of cyclists are anticipated during different “legs” of the Tour.
The tour will make 26 stops, which include each church throughout the Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin.
A viewing of the documentary film “The Trafficked Life,” will take place 5 p.m., Oct. 3, in the main chapel of the New Community United Methodist Church in Oakhurst. The evening will provide the opportunity for panelists to discuss the reality and impact of the crime of human trafficking and to entertain questions from those in attendance.
The biking tour will arrive at approximately 4 p.m., Oct. 13, at Fresno Flats Historical Park, and leave the following morning at 9 a.m.
These stops will provide opportunity for a well-deserved rest (one leg of the tour involves a climb of 8,000 feet, as well as two 70-plus mile days), and to join together with supporters and friends of the tour in the local communities.
Riders of the tour are encouraging sponsorship and all proceeds will go directly to area agencies and organizations in the valley who offer support to victims of trafficking.
The tour is in consultation and cooperation with local government, law enforcement, DA offices, social service agencies, faith based ecumenical partners, universities-colleges-and-schools and the cycling community throughout the valley.
Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin