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)
My last update was when I hit mile 11 which you can read HERE. I have to be honest, I had a difficult time getting miles in with the cold weather. After my first mile update was shared and the support for #Running4Her grew larger, I felt a little overwhelmed. There was a lot of excitement with the goal I created for myself, which lead to many asking me for t-shirts, posters, etc.
It proved a little difficult to run & manage the social aspect of my fundraiser, so I asked for my mother to help. Thanks to her, there are a bunch of flyers around the Washington County area, including the Slinger Piggly Wiggly. She also donated homemade skincare products to one of my sponsors, Salon Effervescence, to offer to their clients in exchange for a small monetary donation. They also are collecting donations for the Friends Inc. wishlist. A huge thank you to Diane and all of the other sponsors who’ve been so supportive!
As for actually running, once the sidewalks were thawed, I was able to really pound some pavement. I took my 2-year-old son along for some of the runs, but honestly, I really enjoy running solo.
I’ll post my next update when I reach 100 miles, which I’m hoping will come fairly easy considering the weather.
A milestone I want to celebrate is the fact that not only have we almost reached my $1,000 goal, many of the #Running4Her supporters have decided to support this cause by running with me. In their own time, they have decided to tally their own miles run and raise awareness on their personal social media.
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 $735 in donation pledges & 37 running miles have been donated by supporters.
I’ve been asked a few times, but I didn’t want to personally deal with the hassle of bulk ordering, biting the cost of printing, and distributing anything. After some research, I’ve chosen to use Bonfire.com to sell some t-shirts, a platform for individuals to fundraise in a unique way.
My Bonfire campaign is 21 days long, starting today (ending June 8th). I need to sell a minimum of 5 shirts or Bonfire won’t print and ship them. If the minimum isn’t reached, my t-shirt campaign simply ends and no one gets charged. Orders would arrive between June 17th and June 26th, directly to your address.
I love the comfort and quality of the shirt & the ability to pick a different color. If you’re not a t-shirt person, there is also an option to purchase a hoodie or tank top instead. Sizes available in XS to 3XL
Other 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 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. in Washington County– 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.