You can Elevate Freedom for women exploited in some of the darkest places in our world! This family-friendly campaign is for anyone who believes that ALL people should be FREE from trafficking and exploitation. Not Abandoned invites you to hike, walk, run, or roll your way to personal health this Summer all while also supporting the health of the women and children we work with at our Freedom and Ability Centers in Thailand, Spain, and Morocco.
Elevate Freedom is a 2-month challenge that invites you track your activity miles completed and have your community cheer along their support through donations to your campaign. No matter if you’re an elite hiker scaling Mt. Rainer or plan on conquering daily walks around your neighborhood, you are welcomed and wanted, and YOU can make a difference. With every mile you log, you will be actively empowering a woman to take her own steps forward into freedom—steps that she now doesn’t have to take alone! Registration opens June 23rd and activity tracking runs all of July and August, or from the day you register, so, register early and utilize those extra 2 weeks of tracking time!
This year our goal is to raise $20,000 for Not Abandoned’s expansion of their work in Spain and Thailand. Every dollar raised will go towards these fields that provide safe places for women recovering from exploitation. Here they plug into a healthy family of support with trauma care and employment opportunities that provide stability, empowerment, and freedom. (More on these programs here.)
It takes a community to sustain freedom. Elevate Freedom is not a solo venture. Grab some friends or family and form a team to participate together! There is no limit to team sizes so invite, invite, invite, others to join you for your best chance at winning team prizes! We’d also like to challenge you to ask 25 friends to donate $25 towards your campaign. Just as our Freedom Center students can’t make it out of exploitation alone, we need our greater community to step up in support of this cause too. Be bold on her behalf!
Special note: For those of you who are participating with mobility differences, heart disease, cancer, depression, or an additional challenge, you will earn 1.5 miles for every 1 mile completed. Simply reference our Equity and Activity Conversion Chart and manually log your activities as completed. Elevate Freedom is for everyone-- equity and accessibility matters!
Together we can bring freedom to women and children who are being exploited, all while also investing in your own health. Because everyone was born to roam free!
Registration Cost:
Adult: $35 Teen (13-17): $20 Child* (12 and under): FREE
*Children 12 and under can sign up under a family account of a participating adult.
Not Abandoned recognizes the hopelessness felt by women trapped in exploitation and have been able to help well over 5,000 women experience freedom through their Freedom Centers in Thailand and Spain. They provide language classes, job skills training and employment placement, trauma-informed, counseling, emergency resources, health & wellness programs, supportive community, and prevention programs. Without a clear path to freedom, exploited women endure constant sexual and financial abuse, lack of access to non-exploitative work, forced separation from those they love and an undeserving but unrelenting cycle of shame. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Together, we will grow healthier and together we will empower one another. Together, we will Elevate Freedom!
Campaign Engagement
This campaign offers numerous ways to get involved and earn points! Whether you’re posting in the scrapbook, leaving comments, chatting with others, or sending invitation emails, every action counts. Refer to the CAMPAIGN ENGAGEMENT POINTS CHART below to see how each activity earns points and start participating now to boost your score.
COMPLETED: 2,221 miles
TARGET: 15,000 miles
RAISED: $ 7,030
TARGET: $ 20,000
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Not Abandoned empowers freedom for women and children exploited and vulnerable in the darkest places around the world.

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I know that when it comes to injustice as complex as the exploitation of women, it can be overwhelming knowing how to help. That’s why I’m excited to join the Elevate Freedom campaign benefiting Not Abandoned-- I get to actually make a difference in the lives of women and children being exploited, and I get to do it all while also challenging myself to be healthier!

I will be logging my miles completed through walks, runs, and hikes (for bonus points!) and I am asking that you join me as a sponsor in this campaign. Every step I take is an act of allyship and support to the women and children Not Abandoned works with through the passionate and strategic Freedom Centers. These girls deserve to have a chance at freedom. They deserve our support. The road to freedom and empowerment can be long, but she doesn’t have to walk it alone!

This year our goal is to raise $25,000 for Not Abandoned’s expansion of their Freedom Center in Pattaya, Thailand. Every dollar raised will go directly towards the equipping of this newly renovated day center that provides a safe place for women recovering from exploitation. Here they plug into a healthy family of support with trauma care and employment opportunities that provide stability, empowerment, and freedom.
(More on this project here.)

It takes a community to sustain freedom. I’d like to invite you to help make a difference through supporting me, and my steps forward, in this Elevate Freedom campaign. Would you consider donating $25 or more towards this goal? Because of the hope created through these efforts with Not Abandoned, your generosity is literally changing the destiny of a woman’s, life one step at a time! Thank you for being a part of my support community and for helping to ELEVATE FREEDOM!
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.