Why We Care & How to Help

Pure Hike: Why We Care

& How to Help

|| Why We Care ||

We’ve always known about the water crisis. It’s one of those things you see in a video clip, depicting the impoverished woman making her daily trek to retrieve water for her family. The video always leaves a knot in your stomach, big enough to cause discomfort as you take a sip from your ice cold glass. But small enough to be forgotten as soon as the clock hits noon and you rush to a lunch date. At least, that’s been our experience.

This time, however, the knot never left. We’ve been wrestling with this pit in our stomachs all year. The daily routine of our Western lifestyle has, instead of dulling the discomfort, only made it more defined. While we pour out the lukewarm leftovers of the drinking glass, 650 million people walk for miles to the nearest water source. While we enjoy comfort, safety, and health, 900 children die daily from diarrhea caused by unclean drinking water.

That’s a child every 2 minutes, dying from something that’s just an embarrassing annoyance for the rest of us.

The solutions to these problems are typically very simple. A class instructing people to wash their hands with soap can cut the chance of diarrhea in half. Teaching families to build a simple water filter with accessible materials can impact an entire community. In fact, clean water programs are one of the most cost effective ways to save a person’s lifeAccording to Water Aid, it only takes $22 to provide clean drinking water to someone who otherwise wouldn’t have it.

For the cost of eating at a restaurant, you could be saving a life.

So we’ve decided to do something to help, and we want YOU to be a part of it. We have partnered with Samaritan’s Purse, an acclaimed humanitarian organization doing a variety of relief work across the globe. You might be familiar with their program Operation Christmas Child (where you fill a shoebox with Christmas gifts for children in developing countries).  On their laundry list of international relief programs, Samaritan’s Purse has an impressive history of clean water initiatives in over 30 countries. These programs are saving lives, and it’s time for us to join the cause.

So we started this thing called Pure Hike.  It’s a hike-a-thon style fundraiser bringing awareness and support to the water crisis. In March 2016, we will start our 620-mile trek across the length of Israel.  And we don’t plan on stopping until we’ve walked every last one of those miles.  

We need you to be a part of this.

By committing support, you will help save lives with every mile.  By pledging pennies, nickels, and dimes, you will alter the future of entire communities.

Along the way we will post photos, videos, and updates. Through social media, you can follow our journey, encourage us, and watch your pennies turn into life-saving water.  As if this wasn’t enough motivation to participate, we’ll also have raffles and giveaways along the trail.  So yeah. No excuses now, right?

|| How to Help ||

| Pledge | Pure Hike is a walk-a-thon style fundraiser, meaning you pledge an amount of money for every mile we walk. The trail is 620 miles long, so the total possible amount you could be responsible for is:

(pledge amount) x 620

So, if you pledge $1 per mile, the maximum you could end up donating is $620. However, if we hike for 10 miles, break our legs, and have to come home, you only donate $10.

| Follow | You’ll want to follow our Instagram pictures, Facebook posts, and blog entires, because this hike will take us to incredible places. The Dead Sea, Jerusalem, the Sea of Galilee, and Bethlehem…just to name a few. We’ll be sleeping under the stars in the Negev Desert, staying in the homes of local Israeli families, and experiencing nomadic life with Negev Bedouins.   

We just partnered with SPOT, who has provided us with a GPS tracking device. Every 10 minutes, our current location is sent to an online map, allowing pledgers to track our progress along the trail!

| Donate | The trail takes between 40 and 60 days. We plan to cross the finish line in late April. We will then send out an update to each pledger, with the total amount of miles we hiked, and the $ total of your pledge. From there, you will donate directly to Samaritan’s Purse. We will give you with a link that provides an easy and secure way to donate.

So that’s why, and that’s how.  Now, let’s do something big together.

With love,

Brady & Hannahclick.here.

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Pure Hike-A-Thon Q&A: Part I

Hello friends! In June, we announced our upcoming fundraiser, Pure!  We are excited to give you more information about what we are doing.  Please read our Q&A below:

Q: What is “Pure”?

A: Pure is the name of a fundraiser we are doing from March to May in 2016.

Q: What are you raising funds for?

A: The support we raise will benefit clean water programs that educate developing communities around the world, providing the infrastructure needed to ensure safe drinking sources. All support raised will go towards Samaritan’s Purse, an acclaimed humanitarian organization pursuing clean water initiatives in over 30 countries.

Q:  Why did you choose clean water?

A:  Every day, 6,000 people die from lack of clean drinking water.  With a few simple tools, villages around the world are able to develop healthy environments through the services Samaritan’s’ Purse provides.  Digging village-wide wells, installing household water filters, and providing hygiene education are the key factors in this organization’s work.

Q: What kind of fundraiser is Pure?

A: Pure is a “hike-a-thon” style fundraiser, similar to “walk-a-thon” fundraisers such as Relay For Life. Donors make pledges to give a certain amount of money for every mile we walk.

Q: Where will you be hiking?

A: We will be hiking the Israel National Trail. A 620 mile trek winding across the length of Israel.

Q: Israel? Won’t ISIS kill you?

A: No. Israel is extremely safe and we are keeping in contact with people on the field to make sure that we will be safe. No hikers, foreigner or Israeli, have ever been attacked on the trail. The trail avoids all areas of the country with a history for causing trouble (i.e. Gaza).

Q: Won’t you just die in the desert?

A: It’s unlikely. About 1/3rd of the trail is through the desert, but there is an excellent support system in place to keep hikers safe and well supplied. First, you have small towns along the trail to make pit stops at. Second, hikers arrange for businesses to drop water and food along the trail to keep you supplied in between towns. These companies will make sure you have arrived at your campsites on time and can pull you off the trail if you need help. Third, it’s a popular trail and we will be hiking in the busiest part of the year, so there will be other hikers on the trail to help us if we need it. Fourth, we are hiking at the end of winter, so the weather will actually be really nice.

Q: What if the situation in Israel changes and it’s no longer safe? Will you change your plans?

A: If we feel Israel is no longer safe, we will change our plans. Our Plan B is to move the hike to the Camino de Santiago, an old pilgrimage that runs across France and Spain.

Q: Why do a hike at all? Why not just ask for money?

A: First, these types of fundraisers are much more effective than just asking for money. It’s exciting to follow along the progress of the trip, the donor is included in the experience, and the person fundraising is given an opportunity to demonstrate their passion for the cause.  

Second, it’s important to use your passions for the greater good. We are passionate about the need for clean water, and we absolutely love hiking. Combining the two is a no-brainer. We hope to inspire others to use their passions in creative ways to help others.

Q: How much of our donation is going towards Samaritan’s Purse?

A: 100% of your donations will go towards the organization.

Q: Who is funding the hike, as in, who is paying for airfare, gear, food, water, etc?

A: Funding for the logistics of the hike is coming from two groups: us and corporate sponsors. We are partnering with a handful of companies to provide gear and trail essentials. Any extra expenses will be covered by us, out of pocket.

Q: Can my company sponsor Pure?

A: Of course! We would love to partner with you! From monetary support, to specific hiking gear, we are welcoming any company to partner with us.  Send us an email at purehike@gmail.com.  We can talk about how this opportunity can be beneficial to both of us.

Q: When can I make a pledge?

A: Soon. We will be announcing more information within the coming months.

Q: In the meantime, what can I do to help you?

A: Thanks for asking!  First, we need help spreading the word!  Please share this post on Facebook. Keep an eye out for upcoming promo materials (photos, videos, etc.) for Pure.

Second, we are still actively seeking corporate sponsors.  If you or someone you know would be interested in partnering for a good cause, contact us at purehike@gmail.com.  

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Have additional questions?  Please comment below!  We will answer new questions in Q & A Part II.