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Row For Freedom – A Year On Awards and All

It’s been a year since the 5 women of Row For Freedom left on their epic adventure to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean. They were following the route rowed by thousands of slaves awaiting a life of servitude. These 5 women who came from varied backgrounds were united for one cause. To help raise awareness and prevent the horrendous crime of modern day slavery – Human Trafficking.

The team left on the 7th December 2011 and arrived 45 days later into Barbados achieving 2 world records, gaining national media recognition and political attention.

A year later the team are still going strong in the fight against human trafficking and are committed to raise awarness and take action against this terrible crime. Here are some little snippets.


Julia Immonen founded SPORT for FREEDOM a charity which unites through the positive power of community and sport to bring freedom from human trafficking and modern day slavery. Voted 12th out of Zest Magazine’s Top 20 most Inspirational Women in Sport Julia travels around the world championing Sport for Freedom and inspiring others to action. She was given the honour of being an Olympic Torchbearer for London 2012. Julia is an inspirational, motivational speaker who has spoken at events held by GlaxoSmithKline, The Boodles, Mastercard, Alpha, Tour de France Fan Park and at the Council of Europe to name but a few. Post row, Julia became a published author and recently completed their charity’s Cycle for Freedom challenge.

For more information and for the latest SPORT for FREEDOM adventures visit:


Debbie Beadle continues to work for Row For Freedom charity ECPAT UK. She has also been talking internationally about Row For Freedom and how to prevent human trafficking. Debbie has also continued training proffessionals and supporting young victims of trafficking. Her work was recently recognised at the Children and Young People Now Awards where the ECPAT UK Youth group won the award from 400 applicants. Debbie is also looking on to her next challenge.


Kate Richardson, has continued to raise awarness and engage communites in the fight against human trafficking in Northern Ireland. She has delivered talks and continued to be recognised in the media. Kate is often seen running, jumping and climbing to inspire others. Kate was just awarded Inspiratioanl Women of the Year!




Katie Pattison- Hart flew straight back to Dubai and set up the 27 Million Campaign. She continues to inspire people in the UAE and the world to get out of bed and onto their feet, jumping, pulling, pushing, rowing to raise awareness about human trafficking. She  continues to speak to the media and decision makers about this issue and was nominated for UAE Women of the Year!




Helen, after suffering a horrendous operation following the row has bounced back talking on an international level about Row For Freedom. She continues to inspire school children and be a guest host on her local radio station. Helen is continuing to run, climb and row for freedom. Last week Helen travelled to Germany to talk about Row For Freedom and her next adventures.



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