Run in a dress! Help the children of sex workers! Win a trip!
- Just to make everything more fun, the person who collected the most pledges for the 5th Avenue Mile scored a trip to Peru. For real. Congrats to Mr. David Tropiano for raising more than $1500! About the trip:
- Adventure Life, the leading authentic travel company, has generously donated a trip to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru for the person who collected the most money on Crowdrise.
- Airline Ambassadors International, a nonprofit that delivers humanitarian aid around the world, is supplying the round-trip air fare to and from Lima, Peru for the trip winner.
- Lots of love to our two prize sponsors for this amazing trip!
How YOU Can Help
Donate. You can make a real impact to help break the cycle of sex trafficking in only thirty seconds! Simply click and donate at least $26 to pledge your support for the 26 miles we’ll be running in bridesmaids dresses, and get us closer to our goal of building a shelter for kids in need.
- Join Our Team. You may want to make a difference, but doubt that one person can have a real impact. Yes, you can. Here is how you can change kids’ lives: Take 2 minutes to join our team on Crowdrise to help us fundraise via your own social networks. If we get enough people to donate $26, we can help fight sex trafficking by building a shelter. Bonus: You can win all kinds of fun prizes on Crowdrise.com.
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About The Cause: New Light
Roughly three million women and girls worldwide are victims of this modern-day slave trade—and many die in their late 20s of AIDS. (In comparison, the peak year of the trans-Atlantic African slave trade was just under 80,000). New Light’s founder Urmi Basu decided to fight back while others stood by. She used her savings and grants to build shelters for the kids of sex workers in India’s largest red light district to help prevent another generation of under-age sex workers. New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof praises Urmi in his best-selling book and PBS documentary Half the Sky because she gives girls hope, and a chance at freedom.
What is Runaway Bridesmaids?
A team of Runaway Bridesmaids reused dresses (the guys too!) to run The Fifth Avenue Mile on September 22, 2012. We’d like to thank everyone who donated to the cause as we went on to train for the 26.2 mile race, the ING New York City Marathon 2o12. Canceled due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Sandy, a team of six of us will now be running the marathon in 2013. What sets our team apart is that we’ll be wearing bridesmaids dresses and collecting pledges (click here to donate!) for Village Volunteers. The money goes to Village Volunteers‘ partner New Light—an organization providing shelter, healthcare, education, and HOPE for the children of sex workers in India’s largest red light district.