Run For Courage becomes a non-profit
One year ago 11 women in El Dorado Hills joined together to raise awareness and money for the restoration of minor victims of sex trafficking.
They planned a 5K/10K race called Run For Courage, which took place this past October in Folsom. With the support of 726 participants, countless volunteers and many generous sponsors Run For Courage raised $41,000. The proceeds were donated to a local organization building a safe home where victims can heal from their horrendous experience.
Fueled by a desire to continue raising awareness and money for these girls, Run For Courage Inc. recently obtained 501(c)(3) status becoming a non-profit corporation.
The team, which includes 19 families led by Executive Director Ashlie Bryant, is forging ahead with plans to expand their giving by serving as a fundraiser for those organizations that are most effective and efficient at raising awareness and serving rescued victims. As a group, RFC uses a rigorous vetting process to determine which organizations spend the vast majority of their funding directly on those victims.
Around the globe, millions of children suffer at the hands of captors and abusers in this $32 billion dollar global “industry.” In the United States alone, officials estimate that as many as 300,000 children are trafficked each year, a staggering number by any measure. California is the only state in the nation that has three cities with a high incidence of child sex trafficking.
One member of the Run For Courage team, Vicki Zito, personally dealt with the reality of this heinous crime two and a half years ago when her daughter was taken from an El Dorado Hills shopping center and trafficked on craigslist for eight days before being rescued.
The second annual Run For Courage 5K/10K race will be held on Saturday, Oct. 8, and will donate the proceeds to organizations that focus specifically on the restoration of victims. Community awareness events are also being planned this year for those interested in learning more about the crime of sex trafficking. Race registration will officially open on Feb.12.
Run For Courage Inc. has launched a 5K/10K campaign for those who wish to support the organization by giving single or regular monthly tax-deductible contributions. Business sponsorships lay the foundation upon which Run for Courage Inc. can begin working to bring hope for a brighter future to these precious victims of sex trafficking. Information about sponsorship can be found on their website at www.runforcourage.com. Tax deductible donations can also be mailed to: Run For Courage, Inc., 3941 Park Drive, Suite 20-200, El Dorado Hills 95762.
Join Run For Courage as they race to restore the lives of the young girls who have been rescued.