I am so blown away by how incredible so many friends and strangers have been in support of our pozible campaign. Pozible is crowdraising platform and the Freedom Runners are working our butts off to raise $16K in 60 days.
In the past 17 days we have had $8,424 in pledges to our campaign.. As with these platforms unless we raise the $16K we won’t get ANYTHING.. big boooohissssss!!!
Here is the background to our project and how we plan to use the funds. We have a load of great rewards, so please check out our campaign, pledge your support and share the campaign link around.
Rewards + doing good… now that is definitely a great feeling.
The Story of the Project
Freedom Runners was born over 2 years ago when Mimi suggested we run 2350km across the Freedom Trail in South Africa. We had never met before and I thought she was crazy for suggesting we do such a foolish thing.. 2 years on, countless of skype calls, emails and a meet up in London, the Freedom Runners Project is well and truly happening.
On September 25th this year Mimi Anderson (52 years of age from the UK) and myself Samantha Gash (29 years of age from Australia) are running 2350km across South Africa. The run will take 32 days and we plan to run an average of 80kms every day – that is 64 back to back marathons.
The physical challenge is one thing but the bigger challenge is our goal to raise $50K (AUD) to establish a social enterprise business in the Free State province of South Africa. The social enterprise business will gainfully employ a dozen South African women to manufacture feminine hygiene products that will be distributed at low cost to around 1500 school girls in the community. The lack of affordable feminine products and social stigma towards menstruation is a limitation for girls in South Africa attending school and receiving education. Menstruation is a topic that people do not want to discuss – statistics show that 1 in 3 South African girls do NOT attend school during menstruation.
This social business, which will be project managed by Save the Children in South Africa. Our goal is to work towards a sustainable solution to this issue. It is NOT a hand out – it is enabling South African women to empower each other through education.
Our website for further information is www.freedomrunners.org
How the funds will be used (goal to raise a minimum of $16K)
- 5% goes to Pozible
- 70% goes to towards the establishment of the social enterprise business (this is a fifth of our total costs for the business). This money will be going to Save the Children who are the project managers of this business. This funds the wages, materials, machinery and education program for one year.
- 5% goes to funding the Rewards
- 20% goes to fund our digital awareness campaign during and after the expedition. With this we will be able to create fantastic content that will enhance our awareness campaign and enable us to reach the $50K for the social enterprise business.