The Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club will be hosting a FREE THE GIRLS 5K Walk/Run on Sunday, June 7th on the Maple City Trail in Ogdensburg. Registration starts at 12pm at the Dobisky Visitor's Center, with the race beginning at 1pm.
The 5K Walk/Run is a bra drive with a fun twist. The Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club will be collecting bras to donate to women rescued from sex trafficking jobs. Second-hand clothing is a profitable market in many countries around the world. Bras are usually sought after items. Girls can make three to five times the minimum wage in their community by selling bras.
Participants will be asked to pick their level of support as part of their registration fee. At the $5 donation level, participants will agree to wear their gently used bra donation proudly on the outside of their race shirt during the race and deposit it at the end. The $10 donation level is for participants that don’t want to run wearing their donation of a gently used bra but will donate one to support this great cause. With a $15 donation, participants do not bring a bra but will be making the donation to help with postage when mailing the bras.
For more information or to obtain a registration form contact Melanie Flack at email@example.com or 355-1363. Completed forms can be mailed to Ogdensburg Area Zonta, PO Box 1223, Ogdensburg, NY 13669. Checks can be made payable to Ogdensburg Area Zonta Club. By pre registering you will be entered in the door prize. It is not a bra.
Let’s face it, ladies: the back of your underwear drawer is most likely a graveyard of bras you don’t wear anymore or that never fit right in the first place. By contrast, second-hand clothing is a profitable market in many countries around the world. Bras are sought after items. And even better, bras provide an opportunity for these women to work with other women, since they have a history of being abused and used by men.
WHAT’S THE PROBLEM?
Currently 20-37 million men, women and children are being held as slaves around the world—more today than in any other time in history. The majority of those slaves are women and girls–many of whom are victims of sex trafficking. There are a number of amazing organizations that are helping to rescue these women out of a life of prostitution, but what happens after they are rescued? Many aftercare providers are doing great work in providing comprehensive restoration and educational opportunities to survivors, but often their resources are limited.
By partnering with established after-care facilities, we provide an opportunity for sex trafficking survivors to build their own business selling second-hand clothing while going to school, establishing a house, and caring for their families. Selling clothes allows them to work as much or as little as their school schedule permits. The women in our program receive their starting inventory as a donation, and are then able to buy additional inventory from Free The Girls for below wholesale value to help maintain their competitive edge in the marketplace. Revenue from inventory sales covers our overseas program costs so our international programs are sustainable. We work one-on-one with each budding entrepreneur in areas like inventory management, budgeting, and financial planning for future dreams and goals they want to achieve.
Please visit http://freethegirls.org/ for more info on the program.