How to Maximize Your Fundraising for the Free Them 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 weeks leading up to the Free Them 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 the 5k to help explain why her family and friends were fundraising for the Free Them 5k (formerly 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 Free Them 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 8th I’m participating in World Concern’s Free Them 5k to help protect children from trafficking, exploitation, and abuse.

Every day in the world’s poorest villages, children wake up to these threats.

Will you stand with me to protect vulnerable children?

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

  • Surrounding them with protection that includes awareness training and education to learn and grow
  • Providing scholarships and opportunities for girls to stay in school and avoid child marriage
  • Teaching children and families how to stay safe!

Every dollar raised will go to World Concern’s Child Protection programs so together you and I can make a difference and free children from harm into the lives they deserve.

Please help by making a donation on my personal fundraising page: [link to your 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 8th I’m participating in the Free Them 5k to keep kids safe from trafficking and harm. Please visit my fundraising page and help rescue children from the threat of trafficking.

Post #2

On May 8th I’m participating in World Concern’s Free Them 5k. Every dollar I raise will go to World Concern’s Child Protection programs – will you help me make a difference and protect vulnerable children?

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 Free Them 5k fundraising posts. Just be sure to tag World Concern’s #freethem5k when you do!

Click this link to download the images: Free Them 5k Fundraising Photos

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., Free Them 5k Fundraiser

Share a Story

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

Here is a short story you can share with your friends and family to help them understand why it’s so important to protect vulnerable children.

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

Every day in places like Myanmar and Laos, 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. That’s why people like you are so important – to stop this from happening.

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! And with that, we say thank YOU for all you’re doing to keep kids safe! Happy fundraising!