This July, I will be riding my bike with a group from Cincinnati, Ohio to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. (509 miles) to raise awareness and money to fight modern day slavery–> human trafficking, sex trade and other forms of violent oppression.
In addition to cycling, we will have the opportunity to connect with churches and communities along the route, educating them about the realities of modern day slavery and sharing tangible steps we can take in our own lives to bring an end this horrible reality.
The ride is organized by Venture Expeditions, a community that empowers people to benefit the world and discover their souls through adventure-driven humanitarian efforts.
Their Vision: Benefit the world. Discover your soul.
I will be riding with a group of more than twenty people of all ages and walks of life. Our tour is called the IJM Freedom Tour and you can read more about the specific route and cause here.
Check out this video about Venture Expeditions and their mission:
INTERNATIONAL JUSTICE MISSION (IJM)
The organization we are raising support for is International Justice Mission. IJM is a human rights agency that brings rescue to victims of slavery, sexual exploitation and other forms of violent oppression. IJM lawyers, investigators and aftercare professionals work with local officials to secure immediate victim rescue and aftercare, to prosecute perpetrators and to ensure that public justice systems – police, courts and laws – effectively protect the poor.
Their Vision: To rescue thousands, protect millions and prove that justice for the poor is possible. ™
IJM’s justice professionals work in their communities in 12 countries in Asia, Africa and Latin America to secure tangible and sustainable protection of national laws through local court systems.
Check out this awesome video about IJM:
IJM is the reason I am going to law schoolthis fall and pursuing international human rights. My dream is to work for/partner with them one day. I am passionate about what they are doing and the impact they are having in the world.
I have never cycled before, but I have been training for about four months already, and I cannot be more excited about this opportunity. I am so humbled to already be involved in their efforts, even in a seemingly small way.
DONATE & HELP END SLAVERY
In order to do this ride, I must raise $3,000 for the trip (half of which goes directly to IJM), but I also must finance my new road bike and gear. Total, I need to raise almost $5,000 to cover both. This is a daunting task, but I have faith funds will come in at the right times.
I am hoping that you might consider contributing to this cause and my ride. Most importantly, however, I am asking for your emotional and moral support as I continue to train and prepare for this trip. If you feel lead to help me financially, you can donate to my ride online here. It also has instructions on how to submit via check if that is more comfortable for you.
For donating online, there is a tab called “sponsor a participant,” and my name is on that list:
Thank you for your time and love. If you have ANY questions about IJM or the trip, please feel free to ask!