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.”

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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