Volunteers from Caritas Diocese of Salford on Saturday 16th October rode the Freedom Bus from Clitheroe to Preston to support the activities of PLASP – the Pan Lancashire Anti-Slavery Partnership. An information stall alongside the bus parked outside the Cenotaph in Market Square, which was staffed by volunteers from Hope at Home and Caritas.
The event attracted many enquires and engaged hundreds of people out and about in Preston on a Saturday afternoon. Faith and secular Anti-Slavery organisations combined to raise awareness and take advantage of Anti-Slavery Day to combat what Pope Francis has described as ‘a scourge against the body of Christ.’ The most recent estimate is that there could be 186,000 slaves across the UK.
The bus is the initiative of three parishioners from Our Lady of the Valley parish, Clitheroe – a parish representative, a retired police officer and a sign-writer. The next stop for the Freedom Bus will be Preston College for their Freshers’ Fair.
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