Dozens of staff from two prisons helped put on a triathlon to raise money for the victims of human trafficking.

Dozens of staff from two prisons helped put on a triathlon to raise money for the victims of human trafficking.

Charity benefits children rescued from trafficking

By Lt. Gregory Crowe, AA/Public Information Officer
High Desert State Prison

A recent triathlon in Plumas County raised money for Courage Worldwide, a charity benefiting children rescued from sex trafficking.

Two correctional officers from California Correctional Center (CCC) worked with California Highway Patrol, the United States Forest Service, the Plumas County Sheriff’s Office, Pacific Gas & Electric and various other agencies to gain the necessary permits to have the sporting event on the shore of Lake Almanor.

After working to gain sponsors, of which the Correctional Peace Officer Association and the California Correctional Supervisors Organization were large contributors, the first Courage Triathlon came to fruition with a 2.8-mile run, 7.1-mile bike ride and 4.1 miles of kayaking.

Ninety-seven participants and over 27 volunteers from CCC and High Desert State Prison made the event a success, raising over $12,000 to help children who have been rescued from sex trafficking.

Next year’s event is already in the works for Aug. 27, 2016.

All public agencies are encouraged to participate and/or donate. For more information, contact Joanne.Vice@cdcr.ca.gov or Dawn.Hershberger@cdcr.ca.gov.

(Editor’s note: Some websites may not be accessible from a CDCR computer.)

To learn more about Courage Worldwide, visit courageworldwide.org.