VERONA, NJ - Breaking the Chain Through Education (BTCTE), a nonprofit organization that raises money to free and care for enslaved children, will hold its Summer Kickoff 5k at Brookdale Park in Bloomfield on June 23 at 9:00 a.m. Founded in 2006 by Verona Resident Evan Robbins, a social studies teacher at Metuchen High School, BTCTE began as a school club dedicated to eradicating child slavery in Ghana, Africa.
To date the project has helped to free seventy-one enslaved children, returning them to parents or foster parents. In addition, BTCTE has built a school for 240 children, as well as teacher housing. Currently the organization is working to raise money to care for the seventy-one children who have already been rescued and to rescue an additional 25 children.
“The Summer Kickoff 5k is our newest fundraising event,” said Robbins. “We are hoping for a great turnout and for this to eventually become an annual event. Holding a 5k in a popular location like Brookdale Park will increase visibility and awareness about child trafficking.”
The money raised goes directly toward caring for and ensuring success for formerly trafficked children in Ghana.
To register for the Summer Kickoff 5k, visit https://www.btcte.org/summer-kickoff.