While many college students will be sitting around their parents home taking it easy during their holiday break, one Union College student will be doing just the opposite.
Janna Buttrick is dubbing her 1600-mile bike ride from Nebraska to Florida as the "Fighting The Traffic Tour." Because she will not only be fighting the traffic on the roads, she'll also be fighting the human trafficking that is taking place halfway around the world.
Janna attended a human rights convention a couple of months ago and was astounded at what she learned, "There's more slavery in the world than there's ever been. Right now, there's 27 million slaves in the world, and that's insane."
Janna was inspired make a difference, "I was looking around and thinking how can I get involved and I love to bike and I was thinking that would be awesome if I could bike somewhere and raise money to help fight sex trafficking."
She chose a Lincoln-based organization called Tiny Hands International that monitors the border between Nepal and India. Paul Yates is a Tiny Hands representative, "When you consider the average age girl is 14, some as young as 8 we've intercepted. What she can do to help raise funds for our efforts to stop that is difficult to explain...it's overwhelming."
Janna's Public Relations Manager Scott Larsen applaudes his fellow classmate's efforts, "I think it's really great especially from a student standpoint to just take your entire winter break and to dedicate it to something like this that's helping and serving others is really an amazing story."
In addition to raising awareness, Janna is also raising money, "I have a goal of raising $2,300 because that can save 100 girls lives and it only costs $23 to change a life forever."
And Janna has only just begun to serve, "It's just something that I know I'll never forget about and I'll always want to continue in whatever way I can to help fight."
Janna will get her 20 day, 1600 mile trip underway this Saturday morning and she's hoping to ride anywhere from 76 to 93 miles a day and roll into Tampa, Florida on the 5th of January.
As far as trip sponsors, Janna would like to thank Lincoln's Bike Pedalers for supplying the bike and Cooper's Corner on the Union College campus for donating all of the food for the ride.
If you'd like to donate to Janna's trip go to http://www.tinyhandsinternational.org and there is a donate ribbon at the top of the screen, click on that and go to 'Janna's Fighting The Traffic Tour.'
Janna says, "People can follow my adventure on http://jannasadventure.blogspot.com they can also get on facebook and put in 'fighting the traffic tour' in the search bar and it will come right up."