In January 2017 our daughter disappeared. Days turned into weeks and we learned that she had become a victim of Human Trafficking. More than a month later, with the help of an amazing network of friends, family and a non-profit organization, she was rescued and reunited with our family. It was an experience that no one, no family, should have to go through.
We understand that life is busy, so we want to keep things as simple & easy as possible. The problems that are involved in human trafficking are very complex and include self-esteem, sexual issues, addiction, fear, hatred and trying to regain reputations, which in our case were very damaged by misinformation reported by the media.
Like many people that experience trauma, I have a burning passion inside of me to share and help bring awareness about what we experienced. Talking about human sex trafficking is still very taboo. The truth is that it is a growing problem that has reached every corner of our nation. There is much work to be done.
We have created a movement that is called #savethenextgirl (boy). This will be our 4th year and it continues to triple in the number of people that get involved every year. WE WANT YOU!! WE NEED YOU!
What is our event, and how does it work?
This is a 24hr rowing(row machine) event. The MAX has rowers rowing for the entire 24 hr period. There is never a moment that a row machine is not going. Gyms across the country and individual people choose a block of time within that 24hrs. Find a row machine and sweat for the cause. We live stream and include as many people and gyms as we can. It is amazing to see the country come together to fight and bring awareness about human trafficking.
How do we raise funds?
We ask for sponsors for our rowers. Our goal is $100 per rower, per hour of rowing.
Where do the donations & funds go?
The funds go to two places.
1-The Slave-Free Project by SERT Ministries. They helped our family rescue our daughter. They ask for nothing from the families that they help, and every cent that they spend on rescuing victims is from donations. An average rescue costs about $4000.
2-Last year we started a pilot program that we found to be very successful.
We are asking our teams across the country to give half of the funds they raise to #savethenextgirl(boy) and the other half to a local non-profit organization of their choice that helps in the fight against human sex trafficking.
Our Nebraska team has picked the organization, Rejuvenating Women. They focus on helping women and girls recover and regain FREEDOM. Because of our situation, the recovery and healing afterward are near and dear to our hearts.
Call To Action
There are three things that you can do to help.
1-Become a rower, or get your gym involved in the event.
2-Donate. These funds are saving victims and their families.
3-Spread the word. Help us by sharing the event on every social media platform. If you are a social media influencer, we would love to have you involved.
We are excited to help organizations that fight against human trafficking as well as those that help the victims recover.
We are in this together and our goal is the same; to rescue and return survivors to a life full of hope, love, and success.
We are committed to bringing awareness to as many communities and people as we can.
Join us Friday, April 24-25th, 2020 from 3 PM-3 PM in our fight against human trafficking and help #savethenextgirl (boy).
The community conference will be held on Wednesday, April 22nd at 7 PM.
68 E Tabernacle St, St. George, UT 84770
Thank you for your support.
The Ellis Family
The #savethenextgirl (boy) team
- Annie Berry
- Amy Valerio
- Hannah Banana
Fundraising team (2)
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