On Monday, February 11th, the United Nations Foundation and social good fitness app Charity Miles are partnering the entire month in order to encourage people to help raise 10k just by downloading the app and participating in its virtual #VDay10k by talking a walk, run or bike ride. Not too much to ask, right? After all, VDay is about your heart and the exercise will keep it healthy.
If you are not yet familiar with Charity Miles, itâ€™s a free iPhone/Android app that enables people to earn money for charity when they walk, run or bike.
The #Vday10k challenge will run through the month and youâ€™ll be able to donate your distance to a variety of United Nations Foundation campaigns. The participating campaigns include Girl Up, where your miles will help a teen girl in a developing country safely attend school, Nothing but Nets where you will help protect a family from malaria, and Shot@Life where your miles will help to provide life-saving vaccines to children around the world that need it most.
The concept is quite simple, all you need to do is download the Charity Miles app for free on your smartphone. Than select the United Nations Foundation campaign of your choice and whether you will be walking, running or biking. For those of you/us who are training for an upcoming 5k (or longer), here’s a chance to do good while preparing.
Charity Miles will donate 25 cents for every mile you walk or run, and 10 cents for every mile you bike. At the end of your activity, you will be told how your donated miles will help the charity youâ€™ve chosen. Social media is integrated into the app, so you can share the good that youâ€™ve done with your friends on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #VDay10k.
And that’s not all! Â At the end of February, The UN Foundation will feature the person who raises the most for the #VDay10k on its website and Facebook page. Â I have a few folks in mind who could raise some major money for these causes because they run/bike/walk so much everyday. Â Get your gear on and head out!
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a platform for profiling people who "make it happen" in the Capital region, reviews & topical blog posts. She launched Punch Enterprises, a connector consulting business in 2015 and Pacific Punch based in LA, in 2012. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, VA. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.