At the beginning of this month I had the opportunity to travel, first to the Vatican and then to the United States.
On December 2, 2014 it was international human rights day and the day that some of the world’s largest faith leaders gathered to sign the anti-slavery declaration. I was shocked and honoured that they asked me to be the one to read the declaration just before the Pope signed his name to the declaration. It was an exhilarating moment and experience to be a part of. I was able to meet The Pope and the founder of Walk Free, Andrew Forest, as well as other major faith leaders as they came together to end the injustice that is modern slavery.
After being in Rome on the 2nd of December, I immediately had to leave to arrive in Grand Rapids for an event on the 3rd of December. Which was the start of many various events. I travelled to Michigan, New York and Illinois. There were various events held at advocates houses and churches. It was amazing seeing the support that people offered, some as complete strangers and others who continue to advocate for Challenging Heights after they have visited.
Thank you to everyone who came to the events and especially to all of those who took their time to organize an event opening up their homes or working with local establishments. I am looking forward to the next time.