This is the most useful, exciting thing I’ve come across all week—and maybe all month.
Charity Miles is a free iPhone/Android social good fitness app that allows you to become a sponsored athlete and earn money for a cause. All you have to do is download the app, choose a charity to support, press “start” and then go on your run, walk or bike ride as usual.
The app tracks your distance and money earned. Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile. When you are done exercising, you accept your sponsorship, spread the word via social media and Charity Miles sends you a note confirming your “good work.”
Great excuse / inspiration to get out and get moving, right?
During the month of February, Charity Miles and the United Nations Foundation have partnered up to encourage people to help raise $10K. All you have to do to be involved in this virtual #VDay10k is download the app and take a walk, run or bike ride. You can donate your distance to a variety of United Nations Foundation campaigns including Girl Up, where your miles will help a teen girl in a developing country safely attend school, Nothing but Nets, where you will help protect a family from malaria, and Shot@Life, where your miles will help to provide life-saving vaccines to children around the world.
… I think you can guess which one I chose, in light of my challenge to end human trafficking, but in case you couldn’t: I selected Girls Up.