Raise money for charity — all you need is your sweat


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Would you be willing to work out and do some good in the world? Great, because we found a great charity event for you. Put your wallets away; this fundraiser won’t cost you a cent — just some sweat.

The United Nations Foundation announced a new partnership with Charity Miles, a free smartphone app that allows you to earn money for charity for every mile you walk, run or bike. This virtual event, called #VDay10k, aims to raise $10,000 for charity in February.


How it works

Download the Charity Miles app for iPhone or Android. Choose to support one of 17 charities on the app, and a group of sponsors will donate 25 cents for every mile walked or run, and 10 cents for every mile biked, to the chosen charity. Easy breezy!

“We don’t want people to open their wallets, just tie up their sneakers,” said Charity Miles’ founder Gene Gurkoff in a release. “Charity Miles is excited to partner with the UN Foundation and its campaigns to encourage even more people to take small steps to make a big impact.”

As if you need more motivation, the UN Foundation will also feature the person who raises the most for the #VDay10k on its website and Facebook page.

“UN Foundation supporters are well-informed and passionate about addressing the problems faced by families around the world. The Charity Miles app now allows them to get out and walk the walk,” said Aaron Sherinian, the UN Foundation’s VP of Public Affairs in a release. “Within minutes, anyone can download the app and start earning money for a good cause.”

Some of the charities supported by the UN Foundation include:

Nothing But Nets — a global, grassroots campaign to raise awareness and funding to fight malaria, a leading cause of death among children in Africa. It provides everyone — students to CEOs, bishops to basketball players — the opportunity to join the fight against malaria by giving $10 to send a net and save a life.

Girl Up is an innovative campaign of the United Nations Foundation. It gives American girls the opportunity to become global leaders and channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for United Nations programs that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls.

Shot@Life is a movement to protect children worldwide by providing life-saving vaccines where they are needed most.