A student-led initiative at the University of Manitoba is rounding up new or gently-used fitness clothing for women who have escaped human trafficking.
Students in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management are looking to compile 45 fitness clothing packages (tops, workout bras, shorts/tights, socks, and shoes) for a group who rescues local women from sex trafficking and helps empower them to lead strong, healthy lives through community, education, and fitness training.
“Fitness, being active are ways to re-identify with oneself and feel empowered and confident,” said Kaileigh Tod, a fourth-year Kinesiology major.
Tod says the clothing drive is important to help the women re-claim ownership of their bodies.
Cash donations to pay for socks and other items are also being accepted. Donations can be dropped off at the University of Manitoba at 194 Extended Education in the Student Council office all this week.