September 28, 2023

About 75 golf carts drove within the “Sound of Freedom” golf cart rally Saturday afternoon to lift consciousness about youngster intercourse trafficking.

Known as to motion by the “Sound of Freedom,” a lately launched movie that hopes to deliver consideration to human trafficking, residents of The Villages gathered within the car parking zone of Creekside Care Middle on 1050 Outdated Camp Highway to kick off the parade. Most had indicators outfitted with the parade’s message, “God’s youngsters will not be on the market,” a line from the movie spoken by the primary character Tim Ballard.

Nonetheless others not taking part within the rally arrived on the lot to see the parade off as they drove down Buena Vista Boulevard to Brownwood Paddock Sq., incomes honks of encouragement and gratitude alongside the best way.

Members chatted earlier than the beginning of Saturday’s golf cart rally.

Members of Widespread Floor, the group chargeable for coordinating the occasion, had been thrilled with the turnout. The group discusses occasions happening around the globe each week and felt impressed by the movie to unfold its message throughout a number of of their conferences. Whereas lots of these current on the parade had been certainly a part of the group, many extra weren’t. Different teams arrived, in addition to unassociated people, making the rally a collective effort of The Villages.

“We might have had 10 individuals present up and been joyful,” mentioned Charles Todd, one of many occasion coordinators. “However this had been wonderful.”

Facilitator Susan Corcoran and organizer Sarah Stein, each members of Widespread Floor, shared this sentiment with Todd. They had been capable of take full benefit of those numbers as they motivated the meeting to be an energetic group of people preventing to guard the kids of Florida. This included urging these current to put in writing to Congress and signal petitions relating to points of kid intercourse trafficking and past. A signup sheet for a venture nearer to house was additionally being handed round previous to beginning the parade.

“This demonstration is about making individuals conscious of those points with the hope of making a activity drive to guard youngsters in The Villages,” mentioned Corcoran.

Celine Goins stands with her golf cart decorated with the number for Homeland Security
Celine Goins stands along with her golf cart adorned with the quantity for Homeland Safety.

These taking part within the parade, resembling Celine Goins, had been keen to hitch these causes and unfold the phrase. She moved to The Villages from Maryland three months in the past and is already placing her ardour for neighborhood consciousness to make use of. Her most important objective for attending was to let individuals know that human trafficking will not be restricted to different nations however is occurring proper right here in the USA.

“It’s about time individuals turn out to be conscious of the evil that goes on behind closed doorways,” mentioned Goins.