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It’s an 8-week fitness challenge; you reach your health goals, while changing lives. Every $ raised benefits Brooke USA's COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund.

A global health pandemic like COVID-19 will be devastating to already impoverished communities. For many of the people and animals Brooke USA serves, things will only get worse before they get better.

While you may be able to shelter safely in your home—maybe with enough food to get you through a few weeks, several bottles of soap, and clean water—the communities Brooke USA serves don’t have that luxury. Even if they have been exposed to the virus, women and their donkeys will still have to walk miles to fetch water for their families. Farmers will still need to take their mules to crowded, hot markets to sell their goods. Children will still need help from their horses to complete morning chores. None of that changes during a global health crisis. But with limited access to healthcare, lack of public information, living arrangements that don’t allow for self-quarantine or social distance, and no infrastructure for distance learning, things will get worse. When things get worse, people will fall even deeper into poverty. And, as you know, when the lives of the owners suffer, so do the lives of the equines.

This year will be a difficult one—for so many reasons—and here at Brooke USA, we are determined to do our part to help.

The need for support in the communities Brooke USA serves has not slowed—in fact, it has increased-- and we need to ramp up our efforts from home. And so, we are preparing to do even more this year. Like you, Brooke USA is committed to improving the lives of 100 million working horses, donkeys and mules and the 600 million people who depend on them, now more than ever.

STEP 1: Give a donation to participate (you also get a really awesome shirt)! We are truly grateful to those who support our cause. You are awesome and we absolutely love you!

STEP 2: Tell everyone you know all about it. Grab a friend, raise funds and awareness. (Make sure to also talk to each other on the app for an additional challenge & add to the scrapbook to commemorate the journey.)

STEP 3: Track your workout exercise of choice (anywhere you are) on the website or by downloading the Charity Footprints App. (It also syncs with your Fitbit and Apple Watch!)

COMPLETED: 5,315,894 steps
TARGET: 140,000,000 steps
RAISED: $ 4,725
TARGET: $ 50,000
You must go on adventures to find out where you truly belong. ~ Sue Fitzmaurice
Come join us and leave your footprints by walking from Lexington to Nepal!
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Register for the campaign and set your fitness & fundraising targets.
Share your story and raise funds & awareness.
Track workouts anywhere & anytime and complete goal.
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To Significantly Improve The Welfare Of Working Horses, Donkeys And Mules And The People They Serve Throughout Asia, Africa, The Middle East, The Americas And The Caribbean By Raising Funds And Responsibly Directing Them To The Areas Of Greatest Need.

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How Your Participation Helps
Brooke USA has launched a crisis fundraising campaign for friends and supporters to provide humanitarian aid during the growing global fight against the COVID-19 novel coronavirus. The Board of Directors of Brooke USA will manage the COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund which is designed to address the need for humanitarian aid across the globe.

In response to the spread of the coronavirus, Brooke USA is committed to meeting the needs of equine-dependent communities impacted by the pandemic both in the United States and in the developing world. Countries across Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the Americas and the Caribbean are going to need increased assistance.

Brooke USA recognizes that in the developing world there is a lack of health care facilities, medical supplies are not readily available, and living in highly crowded communal situations exacerbates the risk of spread. Moreover, the international community which normally offers aid is hard pressed to help because every nation is dealing with their own problems related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The current crisis has also impacted the US, leaving horses, donkeys and mules abandoned and local equine organizations in desperate need of financial support.

COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund positions Brooke USA to immediately help where the need is greatest. Grants issued from the funds raised will be made on a rolling first come, first serve basis. As fundraising continues through the outbreak and recovery phases of the crisis, the Fund will adapt to emerging needs as the situation evolves.
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What is Charity Footprints?

Charity Footprints is a social enterprise that connects fitness and charitable giving. We empower people just like you, to get fit & give back.

Our Virtual Races allow non-profits to challenge their patrons to run, walk or ride and raise funds just as they would in a fundraising walkathon. The best part - charities save over 45% in event and logistical costs. So, the dollars that you pay to register or fundraise, go farther.

What is the campaign registration fee?

Campaign registration fee is the amount that you'll need to pay to enroll in this virtual race. This fee (less transaction charges) will go to the non-profit running this campaign as a donation.

The registration fee along with the funds raised through your individual fundraising page will enable the non-profit to fund various programs and pursue their organization's mission.

How can I create my fundraising page?

Well, you wouldn't have to create a separate fundraising page. Once you register for this campaign, we'll give you the link to your fundraising page.

How will I track my distance?

You can track your workouts by setting up your devices (Fitbit, Garmin, Apple Watch, Google Fit, Misfit, Strava), or download the Charity Footprints' iOS or Android app and track your workouts toward this campaign.

If you workout indoors (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bike etc.), you can upload your workouts here.

How do I join a team on this campaign?

While registering for the campaign, select the team you'd like to join or create a new team and invite others to #GetFitGiveBack with you. If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.

I am an international donor (non-US), what are my donation charges and tax-deductibility?

All donations are made in US dollars, so the donations may be levied an exchange rate fee via your bank. Donors will want to connect with their bank to determine exactly what that fee may be. Additionally, international donors will need to reach out to a tax professional to discuss if and how tax deductibility will apply to their donation.

Who can sponsor my fundraising efforts?

The short answer is - everyone. The fundraising research shows that the number one reason for people not donating is that they weren't asked to.

That said, there are things you can do to attract people to sponsor you. Adding a picture to your fundraising page, telling potential donors why this cause is so personal to you, sharing your fundraising page on social media, email, and chat groups.

Last, if your employer has a gift matching program, check with the human resources department to support your favorite cause as well.

Who can I contact if I need help?

You can contact us any time if you need help. We love hearing from our users so please don't hesitate to write to us about issues, suggestions, or to just say hi. You can also contact the non-profit administrator directly if you would like.

How do I change or switch my team?

If you want to join a team (or create your team) after registration, login to the campaign site and you would find a link to edit "My Team" in the menu under your profile in the header.