Many of you may be familiar with our platform YOURrescue, where volunteers all over the world can create their own campaigns in their local communities to benefit Operation Underground Railroad.
Over 200 fundraisers have been completed so far, bringing in over $718,000. We are so grateful for the dedication and hard work from each volunteer who organizes these projects; we know it is not an easy task to plan and execute a fundraiser! It is inspiring to see how people across the world use their unique talents to join the fight against trafficking.
Whether your passion is art or running, rock climbing or business management, your talents are important in spreading awareness of the issue of modern-day slavery.
These three YOURrescue campaigns are examples of people who work in completely different fields and are in different stages of life, but have created unique ways to support the cause.
1. No Slack Climbathon
For 35 years, the Virginia Commonwealth University Outdoor Adventure Program has been encouraging students to be active outdoors and engage with their community.
This year, they decided they wanted to broaden their reach. By holding a Climbathon that supports O.U.R., the VCU Outdoor Adventure Program would enable students to use their influence to change children’s lives.
“By hosting a Climbathon, we are challenging participants to push themselves physically and test their endurance in order to reflect the long-term effort required for an OUR mission to be successful,” the event coordinators said.
This event raised over $1,000. To put that number in perspective, the average price to “buy” a virgin child in the world of trafficking is $1,000. Thank you, VCU Outdoor Adventure Program team, for raising money to help rescue a child!
To see their YOURrescue campaign page, click here.
2. Knox Academy Art Auction
The Knox Academy Art Auction was started by a 13-year-old girl who had recently learned about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad in school. She wished that she could have done something to help. When she learned about modern-day slavery, she realized that there was an opportunity to fight against it today!
This young girl is a wonderful artist, so she decided to hold an art auction and donate the proceeds to O.U.R. Because of her hard work, over $1,000 was raised. Not only did she double her goal, she raised her voice for an important cause!
Learn more about the event here.
3. Williams Flower and Gift
William Flower and Gift is a floral shop in the Pacific Northwest that is dedicated to ending child trafficking. 10% of all revenue from greeting cards is donated to O.U.R. Because they have partnerships with many florists around the world, their greeting cards can be delivered almost anywhere internationally!
This floral shop’s revenue share program is making a difference in many lives across the world. “Another goal that we are excited about is providing awareness to our customers and community of the situation and the solutions,” the team said. With Williams Flower and Gift shop’s efforts in spreading awareness of this issue, they are meeting their goal of helping many children become free.
See the campaign page here.
How to Make Your Own YOURrescue Campaign
Awareness leads to action. These creative YOURrescue campaigns, along with many others, have reached communities and people that we couldn’t have reached on our own.
Creating a fundraiser through YOURrescue connects you directly with our Development Team. They can assist you with setting up your campaign page and answer any questions you may have.
We are incredibly grateful for all of the campaigns that have been completed thus far, and we can’t wait to see what ideas you come up with next. With your support, we are able to continue rescuing children all over the world.
What can YOU Do?
Do you want to create a YOURrescue campaign for your community? Visit yourrescue.org to start today.
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