How to Maximize Your Fundraising for the S.O.S. 5k

You’ve registered.

You’ve laced up your running (or walking) shoes.

Now, you’re ready to make the biggest impact possible to protect children, many who have no one else to protect them.

And we want to help you get there!

Below are some helpful resources for you to use to help boost your fundraising efforts in the final weeks leading up to the 5k.  We know you’re passionate about protecting children and want to make sure you’re well equipped to do so!

Make a Video

One of the most effective things you can do is make your own video! Take a look at this video Mindy made for last year’s S.O.S. 5k to help explain why her family and friends were fundraising for the S.O.S. 5k.

And check out this video Colin and his family made to tell their friends why they care about protecting children!

All you need is a phone or camera, someone to record you, and a way to upload the video to your social media account!

Send a Personal Email 

Send a personal email (or a hand-written letter) to your friends and family that explains why you’re participating in the S.O.S. 5k. You won’t believe the number of success stories we’ve heard over the past ten years that all began with one email or letter!

Copy and paste this template into a blank email, add your personal information, and tweak it to your liking:

Dear Friends,

On May 12th I’m participating in World Concern’s 10th Annual S.O.S. 5k to help Seek Out and Stop child trafficking.

Every day in Southeast Asia’s poorest villages, children wake up to the threat of trafficking, exploitation, and abuse.

Will you stand with me to protect vulnerable children?

Every $48 you give will help protect a child from trafficking by:

  • Surrounding them with protection that includes safe havens for children to heal, learn, and grow
  • Providing opportunities for education
  • Teaching them how to stay safe!

Every dollar raised will go to World Concern’s S.O.S. Initiative so together you and I can make a difference in the fight against child trafficking.

Please help by making a donation on my personal fundraising page:

Thank you for your support!

post on social media

Not sure what to post on Facebook? We’ve got you covered!

Copy and paste these posts with a link to your personal fundraising page and ask your friends to help stop child trafficking. You never know who will give, so it doesn’t hurt to ask!

Post #1

What does $48 do?

In the world’s poorest places, $48 teaches children to stay safe from the lures of traffickers and surrounds a vulnerable child with protection.

On May 12th I’m participating in the S.O.S. 5k to “seek out and stop” child trafficking. Please visit my fundraising page and help rescue children from the threat of trafficking.

Post #2

On May 12th I’m participating in World Concern’s 10th Annual S.O.S. 5k to help Seek Out and Stop child trafficking.

Every dollar I raise will go to World Concern’s S.O.S. Initiative – will you help me make a tangible difference and protect vulnerable children?

Post #3

Did you know over 6,000 girls and boys walked to speak up for their protection and rights in Sri Lanka last fall?

On May 12th I’m participating in World Concern’s S.O.S. 5k to help Seek Out and Stop child trafficking in the world’s poorest places.

Will you support me and help rescue a child from the threat of trafficking?

 

Pro Fundraising Tip: Watch your email for matches and be sure to post before the matching funds run out!

 

We even picked some of our favorite photos to share with you! You can click on one of the images below, download and save it to your phone or desktop, and include it in one of your S.O.S. 5k fundraising posts. Just be sure to tag World Concern’s #sos5k when you do!

Click this link to download the images: S.O.S. 5k Fundraising Photos

A few of the 6,000 children who walked for their rights in Sri Lanka last fall – when you participate in or support the S.O.S. 5k, you’re walking with them!
Children are most at-risk of being trafficked in poor villages, especially when their families cannot afford to send them to school.
This little boy attends Children’s Clubs in Northern Sri Lanka and is learning how to protect himself from the dangers of trafficking.

“I love to see when someone else is passionate about something, even if I don’t know that much about it – if I know them and I know their heart, I want to come alongside them and support them.”
– Julie H., S.O.S. 5k Fundraiser

Share a Story

When you tell someone a story, it resonates on a deeper, more personal level.

Here are a few photos and short stories you can share with your friends and family to help them understand why it’s so important to Seek Out and Stop child trafficking.

Download these photos by clicking this link and share them, with their stories, via social media or in an email.

“I attend Children’s Clubs to learn about child rights and learn ways to protect myself.” Jayani, 13

Every day in Sri Lanka children are exploited, abused, and sold into slavery. Without someone to protect them or expose the lies of traffickers, many fall victim to the lies and are never seen again.

Last fall over 6,000 children gathered for the 5th annual Children’s Walk in Sri Lanka to walk for their rights. They walked for their protection, and to make their voices heard. Children just like Jayani and J. Lenujian.

“I walked today to bring freedom to the next generation,” J. Lenujian, 13

 

But most importantly, remember to thank each person who gives and let them know what an incredible impact they’re making in the lives of vulnerable children!

If you have any questions or want to share some of your own fundraising tips, be sure to reach out on our Facebook event page.

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