Our very own Sligo Marathon

Like many of you, we had big plans for 2020. Amazing times with ambassadors, staff and people interacting with our organisation….lots of social gatherings arranged for 2020 then Covid19 happened! All of our social plans to see you all; our supporters and ambassadors were taken away. We had relay teams set to run the Belfast marathon, one ambassador in particular; Andrew was also set to run the Longford marathon, but both races were cancelled. 

Deflated….after all of our training Andrew was determined to continue. While most of us were running a leg of the marathon Andrew was running the full 26.2 Miles he had invested his time and energy to train for this and was going to see it through.

With lockdown easing in August a few of us got the opportunity to go to Sligo and run at Sligo Grammar School racing track, Andrew ran 170 laps of this same track; it was great to be able to be there to cheer him on.

We had our social media challenge with people donating, running, cycling or working out in some way. This was for the 45 million estimated slaves in the world and nominating their friends to do the same. It was an amazing feeling knowing the staff, volunteers and ambassadors were all working towards the same goal of raising funds and awareness to combat human trafficking. We have raised close to £3000 with all the proceeds going towards educating the young people and children about human trafficking all over the island of Ireland. 

Why I am Running a Marathon this Summer…by Andrew Nicoll

Recently Ireland has been downgraded to the tier two watch list by the annual Trafficking in Persons report. This means that Ireland is not meeting the minimum standards in the battle against human trafficking which is a real disappointment, especially for all the hard work that has been invested in awareness raising and the dedication of those who are fighting this blight in our communities.

As a progressive country we should all be outraged at this and in response I have decided to play my small part by running a marathon to raise funds for an excellent charity called Invisible Traffick.

Invisible Traffick works tirelessly to raise awareness on the subject of human trafficking in Ireland and the U.K, their mission is to eradicate human trafficking on the island of Ireland and clearly there is much work to be done. The more awareness we can bring to the subject, the harder it will be for trafficking to go on in our country.

On Saturday 22nd August I will be running 26 miles around the running track of Sligo Grammar School and I will be joined for some of that journey by other like minded people who are passionate in their fight against human trafficking. Others will also be joining me in their own towns and cities across Ireland and together we aim to raise funds and awareness.

Please support us by donating online either  CLICK HERE  if based in the South of Ireland or if donating from the North of Ireland please CLICK HERE

If you are unable to donate you can still support me by sharing this post and by talking to your family and friends about human trafficking. Here are just a few facts that can help to get the conversation started. Remember anyone can be effected by human trafficking and it’s our collective responsibility to shine a light on this horrible crime.

• Nearly 80% of human trafficking is for sex and 19% is for labour exploitation

• There are more human slaves in the world today than ever before in history

• UNICEF estimates that 300,000 children younger than 18 are currently trafficked to serve in armed conflicts worldwide

• The Sunday Telegraph in the U.K. reports that hundreds of children as young as six are brought to the U.K. as slaves each year

• Human trafficking and smuggling are similar but not interchangeable. Smuggling is transportation based. Trafficking is exploitation based

Thanks to Sligo Grammar School for allowing us to use their fantastic running track for our challenge on Saturday 22nd August.

To follow our progress and to find out more about the work of Invisible Traffick follow them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter