Posts Tagged ‘child prostitution’

With a Single Intention

February 5, 2009

My Story: During a year of soul searching and behind a façade of smiles, my life was inches away from hitting rock bottom. Guided by good people in my life, I was able to wake up from a nightmare of self-pity and slap myself. Long story short, I made a commitment to myself – no matter how bad it was the day before, I would make a conscious effort to wake up every morning with positive intentions. One morning, I woke up and decided to plan a charity event for my birthday (a party with a purpose) in 2009.

 

In my search for a charity that aligned with my core values, a girlfriend mentioned the Somaly Mam Foundation. I remembered reading about Somaly Mam in Glamour Magazine and watching heart breaking documentaries on human trafficking. Immediately, I had to do more research and that was when I came across the Futures ‘09 Project. I couldn’t walk away. I had to learn more. So, I emailed Stephanie, the Futures 09 coordinator, for more information with intentions of possibly participating in 2010.

 

Stephanie replies back, “It’s not too late to register to participate in March.” My heart drops. So, I send her a bio and picture thinking to myself, “Why not? If I don’t raise the $6000, at least I’d be able to donate the amount that I do raise. It doesn’t hurt to try.” (Plus, she wasn’t going to post my info on the website until I paid my registration fee.) Most of the riders had a year to raise $6000 and if I decided to commit myself, I’d have less than two months to raise the money. The next morning after Barack Obama’s inauguration as the 44th President, I go to the Futures 09 website and there it was right under the list of riders, “Ranny Kang.” That was when I realized that it was real – there was no turning back now.

 

That night I stayed at work until 8PM writing an email to spread the word and solicit donations. Immediately after I sent out the email, I received multiple responses. Ever since, everyone has been supportive, my family, friends and even people I’ve never met. Even with the state of our economy, people are willing to contribute their part.

 

If a single intention can inspire a community, just image the possibilities.

The Futures ’09 Project

February 5, 2009

In March 2009, 30 people will embark on a two-week cycle challenge through the streets of Cambodia. They will be riding to help the millions of innocent children who are forced into sexual slavery every year, a billion dollar industry in SE Asia.

Instead of just talking about doing something, I have committed myself to help end human trafficking by participating in the Futures ’09 Project. I will be one of the thirty people riding to help the millions of innocent children who are forced into sexual slavery every year.

 

In order to participate in the Futures ’09 Project, all 30 riders must raise a minimum of $6000 (AUS) or $3400 (USD) in donations for the Somaly Mam Foundation (www.Somaly.org). I have paid a registration fee of $500 (USD) as my personal contribution towards the cost of the trip. Because I am traveling from the U.S., I am also responsible for the cost of my trip (flight, helmet, cycling clothes, gratuities, etc.). 

 

Apart from using my own time to raise awareness and funds for the Somaly Mam Foundation (www.Somaly.org), the Futures ‘09 Project has been created to challenge each individual rider physically – the end result is a rewarding and uplifting experience. We will be visiting shelters of AFESIP/Somaly Mam Foundation, visiting various orphanages, learning new ways of life, experiencing new emotions and of course pushing our boundaries.

 

This is only the beginning.