Climbing for freedom in New Zealand

08 Sep, 2014 | New Zealand
OM International
Twelve residents from Ranfurly Care Society, an organisation for people with intellectual disabilities, took part in Auckland?s inaugural Freedom Climb on Saturday, 16 August.
Slavery, exploitation and human trafficking – many people think these were a problem of old and now only exist in history books or films. The sad truth is that slavery, exploitation and trafficking remain a huge problem, with estimates of more than 27 million people enslaved today.

On 16 August, about 110 men, women and children climbed five iconic Auckland volcanoes (Domain, Mt. Eden, Mt. Hobson, Mt. St. Johns and One Tree Hill) in the Freedom Climb in New Zealand. Participants were reminded of those unable to climb out of their circumstances on their own.

Terrena Griffiths (New Zealand), who believes that the Freedom Climb “is a great cause and a great way to encourage the family to get moving,” was thrilled to be the first to complete the 16 kilometre (about 10 mile) climb. A couple of New Zealand celebrities also participated in the climb, including one of New Zealand’s national cricket selectors and a well-known TV personality.

Of special mention were 12 residents from Ranfurly Care Society, an organisation for people with intellectual disabilities, who took part in the climb as a team, in relay fashion.  

All participants were divided into four groups of different ability and speed, and they each received a pink or blue water bottle. The great weather and encouraging turnout made the event unforgettable.

Freedom Climb, an initiative of OM, raises awareness and funds for projects that seek to bring hope and transform the lives of women and children who are exploited, enslaved and trafficked. If you would like to participate in the Freedom Climb New Zealand planned for March 2015, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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