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Chronicles Julia Immonen's unsupported 3000 mile transatlantic row against the tragedy of slavery and human trafficking
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Thirty-two-year-old Julia Immonen and four other women took on a challenge completed by fewer people than have climbed Mount Everest or gone into space: row three thousand miles, unaided, from the Canary Islands to Barbados.
Row for Freedom chronicles that December 2011 journey, detailing the grueling, peril-filled crossing, which broke two world records, as it weaves together Julia's search for hope and purpose against a background of relationships scarred by violence.
Born and raised in Finland before moving to the UK at age six, Julia's physical and emotional treks unfolds to reveal the desperate plight of the 30 million victims of the modern-day slave trade; the tragedy that served as the motivation for her row.
You'll be inspired by Julia's self-discovery and her team's triumph in one of the most formidable physical quests ever undertaken.
Row For Freedom by Julia Immonen was published by Thomas Nelson in October 2014 and is our 5241st best seller. The ISBN for Row For Freedom is 9780529101471.
“When you’re in the middle of the adventure, you just have to live it. When you’re on an expedition, you put your head down and battle through. Storytelling happens after the finish line... now that time has come [and] Julia can tell her story. The full story.” — from the Foreword by Bear Grylls.
Julia Immonen was born and raised in Finland before moving to the UK at age six. An avid sportswoman who works for Sky Sports News, Julia's passion is campaigning to end modern-day slavery, and she believes sport is a powerful vehicle for raising awareness about such overwhelming injustice.
Craig Borlase is a collaborative writer and author who has more than thirty books to his name. He has written for HarperCollins, David C. Cook, Hodder & Stoughton, FaithWords, Charisma and Relevant Media Group.
In 2008, Julia Immonen watched a powerful short video about human trafficking by The A21 Campaign. It changed her life! Julia couldn’t believe that as an ordinary, educated woman she knew nothing about human trafficking.
Ignorant that such slavery was rife, she was shocked beyond words and her heart ached for those women and children – some as young as 4 years old being forced into prostitution.
Feeling an urgency to do something, Julia decided to use what was within her power against trafficking: her love and talent for sport. Somehow an initial plan to run a half marathon turned into a world beating expedition to row 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, and 'Row For Freedom'.
Sport Against Trafficking is all about ordinary people doing something extraordinary ‘for freedom’. With slavery now far greater now than it ever has been. Julia believes that ending it will be down to everyone playing their part to make the change we all want to see.
|Author / Artist||Julia Immonen|
|Publisher||Thomas Nelson (October 2014)|
|Number of Pages||240|
|Page last updated||12th July 2018|