The Rotarian Action Group Against Slavery (RAGAS) was initiated in 2009 and looks to provide information about and promote ways for Rotarians and the public to support anti-slavery and human trafficking projects, programs and campaigns. 

Over the past four years, Rotarian Rob DeCou has dedicated his ultra endurance races towards making a positive impact in the world. In 2016, Rob raised $21,595 towards finding a cure for brain cancer with 3000 Miles to a Cure. As a solo Race Across America (RAAM) finisher, Rob cycled 3,069 miles in under 12 days to become the 319th ever solo finisher of RAAM known as the "World's Toughest Bicycle Race". In 2017, Rob completed 146 miles on foot to help end polio.  He ran from the lowest point in the contiguous U.S. at -279 feet below sea level to the highest point, 14,505 feet at the top of Mt. Whitney. Rob became the 124th known person to cover this distance on foot known as the"World's Toughest Foot Race", and in doing so, raised awareness and nearly $700,000 for End Polio Now in collaboration with District Governor Cozette Vergari

In the Summer of 2019, the focus for Rob and his local Rotary community is raising awareness for human trafficking prevention. We have been supporting local agencies in this cause and are now ready to start making a larger impact. 

Local Rotarians and friends from Los Angeles, as well as the Seattle Rotary club, will cheer Rob for the weekend of July 20/21 as he celebrates his 38th birthday while swimming from the United States to Canada across the Straight of Juan de Fuca. This is all in the effort to help raise awareness for human trafficking prevention projects. Rob will begin his swim near Port Angeles, WA and swim the 18.3 miles (30 kilometers) to Ogden Point in Victoria, Canada. When Rob arrives in Victoria he will be the 14th known person to make the crossing out of over 100 individuals attempting the feat.  


Join a gathering at Tony P's on Saturday, July 20th at 6:00pm in Los Angeles to celebrate the finish. 

Purchase a t-shirt or make a financial contribution to support Rob's Swim by contacting Gail Goldstein, Foundation President, at

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