Hope Alive Tour

When disasters happen, young people are often the first to suffer. Take nine-year old Ruth* from Sierra Leone. In 2014, the Ebola virus swept through Ruth’s village, killing 27 members of her family. Ruth didn’t just lose her parents and siblings to the virus. She lost her home and her security too. Alone and traumatised, she faced a future blighted by hunger and by the potential threat of exploitation.

We want to help more children like Ruth. But to do that we need support. That’s why we created The Hope Alive Tour. It’s a charity challenge like no other. Treading in the footprints of the great anti-slavery campaigner William Wilberforce, it pitches 12 runners on an incredible 600-mile adventure: the equivalent of three marathons, run in relay, across nine days and two continents.

The Tour begins in Wilberforce’s birthplace, Hull, and touches down in some of the key cities in the anti-slavery movement, including Liverpool, a historic centre of the slave trade, and Freetown, Sierra Leone, where abolitionists established one of the first colonies for freed slaves. The last leg of the journey ends where it all begins: at Heaven Homes sanctuary near Freetown, where the team will meet the youngsters we serve, and lend some practical help at the centre.

By running, fundraising and donating, you will be helping countless children across the world – literally, making hope come alive. Every £500 raised covers the monthly living costs of 25 children.

Ready to get started? We would love to hear from you. If you are interested in joining the team, please download the information pack, complete the application form and return it and all supporting documents to Operation Orphan by Friday 1 December 2017.

*Ruth’s story: name has been changed to protect her identity.



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