Designed to raise awareness about human trafficking and funds, bike ride ends 750 miles later in Modesto

Taft is going top be the start of a major even to raise the public consciousness of human trafficking.

The Episcopal Diocese of San Joaquin is sponsoring a bike ride increase awareness of human trafficking in the region and to raise money to combat it.

The three-week ride starts right here in Taft on Oct. 2, then continues for 750 miles over the next 21 days as it travels to Bakersfield, Kernville, Ridgecrest then comes back to the Valley and travels to the north, up into the Sierra Nevada and winds up on Oct. 23 in Modesto.

The ride starts at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church at 9:15 am.

Money raised will go to the agencies and ministries which are working to end the devastating reality of Human Trafficking. For more information, go to

The Right Rev. David Rice, Bishop of the Dioceses of the San Joaquin and an avid cyclist himself is expected to show up for the start.

Riders and people who want to sponsor riders are needed. To find out more, go to

St. Andrews Church in Taft has held one summit to discuss the problem of human trafficking on Aug. 14 and the Lighthouse Foursquare Church will host a second meeting Tuesday.

The event starts at 7 p.m. with a film on trafficking and a discussion will follow.

“We are calling this follow-up evening..Human Trafficking, 101,” said Rev, Heather Mueller of St. Andrews. “They are offering it for people in Taft who were not able to come to the first one and for people who may want to be further involved.”

The church is located at 210 Harrison.