Last summer, we cycled 1,700 miles down the Pacific Coast and raised $60,226 for The Refuge Ranch in Austin, Texas. Here's Why.
An estimated 30 to 45 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery today. There are many different ways that human trafficking manifests itself, including sex trafficking, forced labor, and the abuse of power. There are millions of people afraid to walk down their streets or step out of their front door - in fear that they will be abused or mistreated. The worst part is that it's not just happening overseas, but human trafficking is prevalent in our states, cities, and even our own neighborhoods.
We are simply three women who had our eyes opened to the devastating reality of this injustice. We acknowledged that anyone can make a difference, and so we made a decision to bring awareness to those who cannot currently help themselves. Though we had a lack of experience and athleticism, biking down the Pacific Coast seemed strange and difficult yes, but it was out of a "comfort zone" that those affected by human trafficking are not granted with. We wanted to take action that would cause people to question why on earth we would commit to something in which we had no knowledge or experience. The more people asked us "why?", the more opportunities we had to shed a light on this issue.
When we started Pedal the Pacific last year, it was meant to be a one-time event. But when our $20,000 quickly multiplied, we knew our reach had far extended anything we dreamed up. 83 people applied to be a part of the 2018 team and we now have a team of 11 women who are just as "hilariously unathletic" but equally as passionate about fighting child sex trafficking and using our voice to be a part of the change.
Our hope is that Pedal the Pacific will not only spark conversation about the harsh reality of modern day slavery, but it will spur others to take action. Thanks for believing in our journey and joining the fight. We fully believe that the first step towards change is awareness.
- Sara, Savannah & Grace