Priest to take a run at human traffickers
A priest in Ireland is set to undertake a four-day cross-border run to raise awareness of human trafficking.
Fr Gerry Campbell, parish priest of Kilkerley, Dundalk, is planning to undertake a diocesan run in an effort to create awareness of modern day trafficking.
Fr Campbell will take part in the run, which will start from the Bann and end at the Boyne from 26th – 29th April.
The priest, a native of Magherafelt in Co. Derry is no stranger to running the length of the Archdiocese of Armagh. His first diocesan run/walk took place in 2013 when he was joined by a group of runners and walkers at various parts of the archdiocese to raise funds for the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.
In 2014 he ran the same route but this time in support of the Trócaire’s 2014 Lenten Campaign, which highlighted the global water crisis.
This year Fr Gerry is running in support of Act to Prevent Trafficking, a faith-based group which works to end the trafficking of humans.
His efforts chime with a drive by Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, to raise awareness of the global scandal of human trafficking. He “warmly welcomed” Fr Campbell’s initiative and urged: “In recent days the large-scale loss of life in the Mediterranean Sea has highlighted human trafficking as a real and present problem. We need a personal awareness of what trafficking is, and how it can be prevented.”
To support Fr Gerry see his website at aptireland.org