Sunday, February 17, 2013

Show LOVE by Running, Walking, or Biking #VDay10k


The United Nations Foundation and Charity Miles has partnered for this month (February) to help encourage everyone to help raise $10,000 by simply downloading the free app (Charity Miles) and participating in a virtual #VDay10k by simply getting up and going out for a walk, run, or bike (with your phone!).

For each mile you bike, 10 cents is donated, and for each mile you walk or run 25 cents are donated! How easy is that!
My friends and family have been seeing random posts on Facebook from Charity Miles for a while. I found out about it from another site and couldn't believe how easy it is to help raise money by simply walking.
Here is a video of how it works and then the instructions are typed below:



1. Download the free Charity Miles app to your smart phone.
2. Open the app.
3. Select the charity you want to raise money for.
4. Choose whether you are walking, running, or biking.
5. Press start. 
What is awesome about this app is that it keeps working even when you close the screen to adjust your music or send a text. (Just don't forget to stop it once you have finished your activity.)
It keeps track of your time and milage. Once you have completed your activity, press finished and it will ask you if you would like accept sponsorship and post to Facebook. You must press accept that in order for the money to be donated. If your Facebook friends get annoyed by the post from the post that are showing how you are helping raise money to help others, well then, maybe you shouldn't be hanging out with those types of people ;)
You can choose from a wide range of charities but the #VDay10k is about helping the UN Foundations organizations. They are Shot@Life, Girl Up, and Nothing But Nets
A little information about each of these awesome organizations:
"Shot@Life is a movement to protect children worldwide by providing life-saving vaccines where they are most needed. There are children today who are still at risk of contracting polio. But we are close to eliminating the threat forever. (Polio is 99% eradicated!) With your help, we can wipe this crippling disease from the face of the earth." - Charity Miles info link about Shot@Life
They raise money to help provide vaccines to children in need around the world who are dying from preventible diseases. 
"Girl Up mobilizes American girls to raise awareness and funds for programs that provide girls around the world with life-changing opportunities, like the chance to go to school, see a doctor, and stay safe from violence." - Charity Miles App info about Girl Up
Being born in the US is like winning the lottery for most of the world. When I look at my sweet 2 year old daughter, the idea of her being denied healthcare or schooling because she is a girl makes me sad and angry. Then, you bring up violence against her just because she is a girl and this mama bear gets fighting mad. No little girl, no matter where she was born, deserves to be treated like less than a human being. 
"Nothing But Nets is a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funding to fight malaria, a leading cause of death among children in Africa." - from their website
No child should die from something that can be preventable with a net!
As of today, February 17th, they are not yet on Charity Miles but they will be added later this month. 

Help raise money for these amazing organizations by participating in the #VDay10k!
Links to the Charity Miles App are below:
Download for the iPhone:


Download for Android:

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