What better way to make difference in the lives of our children and ensure they have a safer childhood!
The organization National Center for Missing and Exploited Children asks that you run on their behalf in the New York City Marathon this fall, and help raise money for their cause.
Team “Run Baby Run” was started by family members of missing children who starting running when they wanted to make a difference, said Lou Bivona founder and chairman of NCMEC New York.
Through a special program for a charities operated by the NY Marathon, the National Center has five spots available for the Marathon which will be held on Sunday, November 3.
Each runner is required to raise a minimum of $3,000 for the group.
Besides the opportunity to run in the marathon, the group says the program is highly worth it: There are 2,100 missing children a day in the United States and in that same period of time, thousands of children are sexually exploited said a representative from the group.
NCMEC has also helped in the recovery of 183,000 children since 1984 with a recovery rate of 93% up from 62% when it was first founded, they told CI.
Since launching their first safety programs more than two decades ago, NCMEC has worked through education to stop the sexual victimization of children by putting in place the policies, educational initiatives and public-private partnerships to prevent this victimization of children in the United States.
If you are interested in running for them in the New York Marathon, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Some more about NCMEC:
Over the last 29 years, their national toll-free hotline, 1-800-THE-LOST® (1-800-843-5678), has handled more than 3.7 million calls.
With help from corporate partners, they have circulated billions of photos of missing children and have assisted law enforcement in the recovery of more than 183,000 missing children. They have also trained more than 300,000 law enforcement officers, prosecutors and health care professionals at their Alexandria, Va. headquarters, branch offices and online.
As the Internet has become a primary tool for sexually exploiting children, NCMEC received Congressional authorization to establish the CyberTipline which provides a centralized mechanism for the public and electronic service providers to report suspected child sexual exploitation which can often involve multiple jurisdictions.
Since 1998, the CyberTipline has received more than 1.7 million reports of suspected child sexual exploitation, and the Child Victim Identification Program has reviewed more than 80 million child pornography images.