On October 16 at 6 p.m., Auburn University’s chapter of International Justice Mission hosted a waffle eating competition to raise awareness and money for the human rights issue of human trafficking. The event took place at the Red Barn on Auburn’s campus and featured waffles from Waffle House on Glenn Avenue and coffee from Wake Up Coffee Company.
With tickets priced at $5 each, the organization raised over $400 to be donated to IJM’s international efforts to end human trafficking. The group used “#savoryoverslavery” on social media outlets to promote the event.
The female winner of the waffle eating competition won a Behind the Glass gift card, and the male winner won a Moe’s BBQ gift card.
According to IJM member Sarah Kuykendall, the event was a success.
“Natalie Tabor and Hannah Lupas were the event coordinators that ultimately put it all together,” said Kuykendall. “The waffle eating competition was so much fun to watch and brought a lot of attention.”
This event was one of many that Auburn IJM has hosted on campus and in the community since its chapter creation in 2010. The chapter hosted a prayer night on October 12 to pray for the victims of human trafficking and IJM’s work. Auburn’s IJM chapter was also among the first in the nation to host a Stand for Freedom campus event in 2013 and continues to host the event each spring.
According to statistics given by IJM, there are nearly 30 million people estimated to be enslaved in human trafficking today. From forced labor to sex trafficking, there are many forms of human trafficking taking place today not only in other countries but also in America. Human trafficking is considered by IJM to be today’s modern day slavery and an issue of justice.
IJM’s primary office is located in Washington, D.C., and the organization has offices around the world. The group works to transform justice systems and care for those who have been victimized. Auburn’s chapter is one of 150 campus chapters in the United States who work to raise money and awareness for IJM’s work.
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