Racing for Children

Due to Hurricane Florence, this year's Rescue Race has been moved to Saturday, Oct. 13.

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A 5K race started in 2016 by Gardner-Webb University students has helped rescue seven enslaved children in Ghana, Africa. This year, the club organizing the Rescue Race is hoping the GWU community will raise enough funds to rescue four more children.

“It takes almost $1,000 to rescue one child,” said Grace Lodholz, vice president of Release the Captives (GWU's anti-human trafficking group). “One-hundred percent of the proceeds go directly to Challenging Heights, an organization in Ghana that rescues and rehabilitates children who are being trafficked in the fishing industry on Lake Volta.”

Lodholz, a senior nursing major, joined the Release club because she is passionate about helping those trapped in slavery. “Human trafficking is a rampant issue in our world and so many people aren't aware of just how big the problem is,” she observed. “With awareness comes an overwhelming feeling—and anytime I can help facilitate a way for people to make a change—it is well worth my time.”

The club became connected with Challenging Heights through Mary Toohey, a GWU alumna who found out about the ministry on a service trip she took to Africa. The organization provides shelter, medical care and education to the children who are rescued and works to reunite them with their families. “Challenging Heights is an amazing organization that is committed to tackling the issue of human trafficking from numerous angles, and we are so blessed to be a part of what they do,” Lodholz affirmed.

Race day is Sept. 15 with registration at 8:15 and the 5K starting at 9. The race begins in the Lutz Yelton Convocation Center parking lot. The Boiling Springs Police Department will direct traffic to keep participants safe. The cost is $15 for GWU students and $20 for all others.

Registration prior to the event is available at