Norfolk Christian torchbearer aims to stop traffik
Norwich Christian Sarah Goring will carry the Olympic flame in Aylsham on Wednesday in recognition of her extensive voluntary work.
Later this year the trainee solicitor plans to move to the Philippines to volunteer full time with an international trafficking charity.
Trainee Solicitor, Sarah Goring, 26, from Norwich spends much of her free time engaged in voluntary work at home and abroad.
In recognition of this exceptional commitment, her boss at the Norwich branch of Howes Percival Solicitors nominated her to be an Olympic torchbearer. On the evening of Wednesday July 4 Sarah will carry the Olympic Torch in Aylsham.
Sarah said: “You don’t do community work wanting recognition but it is amazing to feel that what you are doing is different from the average.
"For me this is just normal life, but it is really honouring to have the opportunity through carrying the Olympic Flame to promote the work that I’m doing and hopefully encourage other people to get involved in community work, doing good here and further afield.”
Within Norfolk Sarah volunteers with the King’s Care project, an initiative of Kings Community Church in Norwich on Sunday afternoons, serving homeless and disadvantaged people with a hot meal and the opportunity to have a shower.
Sarah also spends time doing talks around the county promoting the work of Christian Aid, and fundraising for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute.
But Sarah’s overriding passion is to work to stop human trafficking in South East Asia, where she has volunteered on various projects over the past four years.
Her long-term plan is to move permanently to the area to work for the International Justice Mission (IJM), an international human rights agency that rescues and gives after-care to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression.
Sarah will take the first step later this year, when she plans to use her legal training to volunteer with the IJM in the Philippines for 12 months.
She explains: “It was hearing a talk by IJM that inspired me to focus on the issue of human trafficking. For me, as soon as I heard about it and heard how many people are affected, I just couldn’t forget about it and I would never want to. It fits with who I am, but it is also something that I just can’t ignore.”
Sarah is seeking sponsorship to fund this valuable initiative. She would love the opportunity to talk to congregations around Norfolk about human trafficking in South East Asia and outline her plans. And, of course, Sarah would be delighted to bring her Olympic torch with her.
If you would like to invite Sarah to come and speak to your church or group please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sarah will carry the Olympic Flame on Wednesday 4th July at 5.32pm from White Hart Street near Oakfield Road, past Aylsham Methodist Church, to Red Lion Street.