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Rainbow runners: Color Run for Grace raises funds to combat sex trafficking
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Eli Collette runs Saturday in the sixth annual Color Run for Grace at Flowery Branch High School. Over 300 people attended the race, which benefitted the Street Grace Inc.’s mission to combat sex trafficking. An estimated $5,000 to $6,000 was raised. - photo by Erin O. Smith

Color Run for Grace

For more information, visit www.streetgrace.org and www.atldreamcenter.com.

Every color of the rainbow was represented vat the sixth annual Color Run for Grace at Flowery Branch High School.

More than 300 people came out for the race, which benefitted the Street Grace Inc.’s mission to eradicate sex trafficking.

“They also work with the Georgia Department of Education to combat hunger with their brown bag program,” Flowery Branch High teacher Lauren Howell said.

Howell’s peer leadership class hosted the event and volunteered to throw colorful powder at the runners as they whizzed by.

“It (sex trafficking) is a cause that’s near and dear to my heart,” Howell said. “I have a daughter. It’s also good for students who are headed off to college, it’s cautionary information for them.”

Howell estimated they raised between $5,000 and $6,000 for the cause, the most they’ve ever gathered.

The Atlanta Dream Center, which works with victims of sex trafficking, came to Flowery Branch High to educate all the students specifically about how Atlanta is involved.

The runners ran “around the world,” starting with the blue United States and then onto purple-colored Europe and five other countries that have the highest rates of sex trafficking.

Juniors Valentina Bedoya and Madison Grabher were stationed at the Europe position and are in Howell’s class.

“We host other events through the year,” Bedoya said.

She said it took them about seven months to prepare for the run. Getting the nontoxic, colorful powder was only one step.

“It all washes off,” Grabher said.

Most of the runners had on white T-shirts for the race and walked away covered in blues, pinks, purples and more.

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