How do I donate, and how long can I donate?
Sneaky, asking TWO questions in one! But we've got the answers, so no worries!
We've chosen to use Fundly for our online donations. They're pretty non-profit friendly (and we like that, because we ARE non-profit!) and really good on all social media platforms, especially Facebook. That means you can give to and share about the 50FOR50 event easily.
The online donation page will stay active for 30 days after the event, so you can donate through our Fundly page until April 19, 2016.
You can give by check, too. Simply make the check payable to "The Gathering," designate 50FOR50 in the memo line, and mail it to The Gathering, ATTN: 50FOR50, P.O. Box 292, Albemarle, NC 28002.
If you're in the Albemarle and Stanly County area and would like to give during the event, you can drop your donation off at the event table anytime during the run. We'll be set up at the park across the street from the Stanly County Family YMCA.
And even though you didn't ask, we're in an answering mood, so, "Yes! All gifts are tax deductible!"
How did you come up with $50,000?
After doing some research, I found out that a life is apparently worth 90 bucks[*]. Yep. $90 is all it takes for a pimp to buy a girl and put her into an industry that will then allow him to make over $125,000 a year off of that one girl.
Ideally, if we could just raise $4,500, someone could go onto the streets of Charlotte, or Atlanta, or Delhi, and buy girls off the trading block and send them home.
If only it were that easy. Pimps may think the girls are only worth $90, but the reality is that agencies like Justice Ministries in Concord, North Carolina, the A21 Campaign in Costa Mesa, California, and the organization we're helping in Delhi, India, all face much higher costs in order to rescue and rehabilitate these women trapped in slavery.
After talking with each agency, it seems that the real-dollar cost is around $120-140 per month in order to provide the basic needs of the women they rescue.
So, in order to keep the math simple and the 50 theme intact, I've settled on the round number of $1,000 for the freedom of one slave.
I'll run the 50 miles on my 50th birthday.
I'm asking you to help me raise the $50,000 that will be sent equally to each of the 3 agencies mentioned above.
Where do the women live who will be set free?
I'm running to support 3 charities. A21 is a global organization, and so money given to them will set women free in various countries around the world. Justice Ministries, Inc. is based in the Charlotte area, and most of their focus is on women trapped in #HumanTrafficking in the Charlotte metro region. Our third charity - Aaron's Hands - works stateside in support of a preventative organization working on the streets of Delhi in India that has to remain anonymous for security reasons. Half of the victims of modern slavery are in India, and Delhi is considered the "hub" of trafficking in India.
(You can learn more about each of our charities here.)
So, the short answer is that we're setting 50 women free all over the globe with a high percentage being in our own area and in Delhi. If you'd like to be a part of that, you can donate now!