At The Hope Effect, we’re convinced every child deserves a family. And we’re crazy enough to believe we, with your help, can change the way the world cares for orphans. So we love it when we encounter people who are as crazy as we are…and this group definitely qualifies!
The awesome group above (along with several people not pictured, including our very own Joshua Becker) will be hiking the Grand Canyon from one side to the other and back again – that’s roughly 50 miles – all in one day! Completing this rim to rim to rim hike is pretty amazing in and of itself…but there’s more! The hike is a fundraiser benefiting The Hope Effect!
Our supporter and friend Joel Thurston organized the event, and he’s encouraging each hiker to raise $10 per mile (to equal $500 per person). These donations will make a huge difference in the lives of orphaned children around the world. Think about this – it takes about $30/month (or a dollar a day) to get an orphan out of institutional care and into a family, and to provide the ongoing family-style care that child needs. So just ONE hiker who raises $500 will provide family-style care for a child for more than a year! Incredible!
The hike will take place in late April, and with about two months to go, the group has already raised more than $2,300! We’re so grateful that they are combining their love for hiking with their passion for changing how the world cares for orphans!
Feeling inspired?? You too can make a difference! In just a few minutes, you can create your own campaign and begin raising money to make a difference in the lives of children. Anything goes – you can donate your birthday, hold a garage sale, open a lemonade stand, run a 5k, or whatever else sounds good to you! We love hearing about our supporters who flex their creative muscles and start their own campaigns. And we are always so thankful.
We’ll share additional updates as the group continues to train, and we look forward to celebrating with them when they complete the hike in April! In the meantime, be sure to visit their campaign page for more info (or if you’d like to support a hiker!) and check out some photos from their recent training hike below!
Nice work, guys!