Join and support the Tour Against Trafficking by going to touragainsttrafficking.org!
Bishop David Rice of the San Joaquin Episcopal Diocese, an avid cyclist and man passionate about social justice, is fighting human trafficking through cycling. From October 2-23, he is leading riders from throughout the Central Valley on bicycle rides from Taft to Sacramento to raise awareness and funds for efforts to address human trafficking.
Money to support victims in Tulare County is being raised through support Family Services of Tulare County. Family Services provides direct services to victims of human trafficking and helps them to access other local services needed. The agency also is involved in human trafficking outreach and education.
Current total raised for Tulare County: $425!
“In New Zealand (Rice’s native country) there is a significant understanding of hikoi, which means an internal and physical movement with a purpose. This is a hikoi on wheels. It’s also a protest march on wheels to say what is going on [regarding human trafficking.]” -Bishop Rice
Five Ways To Get Involved!
1. Be a rider.
You can sign up to be a rider and raise money for Family Services. There is a rider’s kit and bio page to help you raise support. It’s not too late!
Bishop Rice also invites locals to just show up at a ride and join in! The ride from Tulare to Visalia starts at 9:00 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1701 E. Prosperity Ave., Tulare. Visit the Tour page for start times, dates, and locations of all legs of the ride.
2. Support local rider Steve Surowiec and other riders
Currently, Steve, is our main rider raising funds for Family Services. He is a retired ESL teacher and a meber of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Visalia. See his page and support him here.
3. Donate directly to Family Services of Tulare County!
You can go on the tour page for Family Services and make a donation. All funds go to victim services.
4. Come to the stops to cheer on riders!
Bishop Rice invites people to come to the stops to be part of the celebration as the riders roll in.
Stops in Tulare County: City of Tulare- Oct. 8, apprx. 4:00 p.m. at St. John’s Diocese, 1701 E. Prosperity Ave.
Visalia- Oct. 9, apprx. 10:00 p.m., at the Peace Officer’s Memorial Park, Woodland and Burrell. (Times are approximate, pending when the riders finish the leg of the ride.)
Come to cheer them on, be part of the hospitality, and here from local officials and church leaders welcoming the riders and recognizing human trafficking. Contact Rev. Suzy Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org or 559-627-8265 for information or to help.
5. Promote the Tour Against Trafficking!
Share the information above- and this page- and encourage others to ride, support local efforts, be there to welcome our riders, and pass this information on! You can also purchase Tour Against Trafficking t-shirts and other items here!