Hi friends! If you didn’t know, I’m running 200 miles for domestic violence awareness & I’m sharing my first official update today.
I’ve been advocating against domestic violence since 2015, a cause close to my heart due to the struggles I endured through childhood. In 2017, when my mom needed help leaving my abusive father, the local shelter, Friends Inc, went above and beyond to help her heal.
I started this #Running4Her challenge to not only thank Friends Inc. for their services to the people within my community by raising money for them, but I also wanted to use this as an opportunity to bring awareness for this epidemic.
Domestic violence can take the form of physical, emotional, financial, and sexual abuse. 5 million children are exposed to domestic violence per year, 85% of domestic violence victims are female, 2,141 women were murdered last year by a current or former partner (for comparison, 2,996 people died in the WTC – 9/11 attack), (See more statistics here or here)
The bitter cold weather and our recent snow day has impacted my ability to do a few runs. Given winter won’t be over for several weeks, I’ll be getting a gym membership in the next few days so I can run some of these miles inside. Until then, if you have any brand recommendations to stay warm, I’d love to hear them.
As of today, I’ve logged 11 miles & look forward to seeing that number increase once I start running indoors on cold days.
The most exciting news I can share in my running update is that two local news channels contacted me about my run. I’m not in love with the idea of being in front of the camera (or running for all of Southeastern Wisconsin to see on the 5 o’clock news), but it’s great exposure, which is what my main goal is in this challenge.
Today, the biggest milestone I want to celebrate is the fact that I have several friends and family who have decided to support #Running4Her by running with me. In their own time, my mother, sister-in-law, and a few friends have decided to tally their own miles run. As they do this, they have started raising awareness on social media and collecting donations.
If you’d like to donate running miles yourself, you’re more than welcome to join in…even if you live in another state.
As of today, we’ve gotten $630 in donation pledges & a combined team total of 23 miles.
During the month of February, I hope to get at least 20 miles in, but hopefully more. I’m also looking into sponsorships for posters for the local Hartford businesses to hang up. I was considering ordering t-shirts as well, but I’m starting to get a little overwhelmed with how large #Running4Her has gotten.
Ways to Support
- Write a check payable to “Friends Inc.” (memo, #Running4Her) & mail to:
FRIENDS, Inc. PO Box 117 West Bend, WI 53095
- Donate via Paypal by clicking here or by visiting the Friends Inc. website. (add #running4her to the note before submitting)
- Most shelters like Friends Inc rely on wish list fulfillment, like shampoo, clothes, diapers, and toilet paper. Click here see what there current need is. Wish List items may be dropped off at Salon Effervescence (55 E Sumner St, Hartford, WI 53027)
- Raise awareness of domestic violence by sharing #Running4Her on social media.
- Donate your time to Friends Inc. – Volunteer as a Sexual Assault Victim Advocate, babysitter, structured childcare, or grocery shopper. (if you are not in the area, click here to find a local women’s shelter closest to you)
- Join me in running! Log and share the hours run on your regular running route or treadmill. Feel free to raise money for Friends Inc. or the domestic violence charity of your choice.
Thank you for all of your love & support. Read about the specifics of my challenge HERE and subscribe to receive updates.