THANK YOU for choosing to support me as I run 30 races to celebrate my 30th birthday.
Bringing together what I love – running – with what I hate – sex trafficking – what better way to meaningfully celebrate my birthday than racing to raise money and awareness to prevent sex trafficking?
My chosen charity is an incredible organisation which I’ve supported for many years. A21 combats trafficking and forced prostitution globally through prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership.
As part of their prevention strategy, A21 assist people groups identified as particularly vulnerable to trafficking. Particularly crucial at this point in time has been their response to the refugee crisis at the Greek border, where thousands of Syrians cross daily. Refugees and displaced people are some of the most vulnerable to trafficking, because most likely, noone notices if they disappear. A21 has developed an innovative new system to provide filtered drinking water to those who are fleeing the trauma and violence of war, along with meeting other immediate needs, such as food, clothing, and offering trafficking awareness advice and support. They've also designed a comic book to teach children how to stay safe, overcoming language barriers and communicating to kids in a way they can understand. The also provide trafficking victim rehabilitation, safe houses, legal assistance, and so on. Check out their website for more info.
My 30 races to celebrate 30 years will be:
-> Scary – out of my comfort zone, reminding me why I’m doing this.
-> Challenging – I’ll have to really push myself to finish it. Because if A21 can do the impossible, so can I!
-> Iconic - interesting enough for me to bore you all throughout the year with updates and race reports!
Through this challenge, 30 races for 30 years, I’d love to raise awareness about sex trafficking, as well as fundraise for A21 so they can continue their incredible work. If you’d like to celebrate my 30th with me, rather than buying me a drink or singing “she’s a jolly good fellow”, please consider making a donation to A21. Equally important to financial support, I hope you’ll follow this journey with me as I take on 30 races that will test me to my limits, that you’ll learn more about sex trafficking and what you can do to help prevent it, and you’ll be inspired and challenged to use what you love to stand up for what you care about.
For the cause,