Last year 18for18 had a simple goal; raise $70,000 by skydiving 18,000ft to help the fight against sex trafficking.
This year we are trying to raise $100, 000, what does that mean?
$100,000 can fund 2 years of costs for rescue missions in Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos, where girls as young as 2 years old are being pulled from the brothels.
These women and children have no real support system on the outside, making escape or rescue almost impossible.
Our goal is to make sure that no woman or child reaches out for help and can't receive it due to lack of fundings.
This year 18for18 reached its goal successfully; raise $104,000 by skydiving
18,000 ft to help the fight against sex trafficking for the Somaly Mam Foundation’s PROJECT RESCUE.
“18for18 accomplished a lot in less than two weeks. Because of this campaign many women and children will be rescued” - Chloe Flower
Last year #18for18 had a simple goal; raise $18,000 by skydiving 18,000 ft to help the fight against sex trafficking. This year we jumped for much more. We were able to raise over $70,000 for the Somaly Mam Foundation’s PROJECT RESCUE. This can cover an entre year of costs for the foundations rescue missions in Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos, where children as young as 3 are being sold for as little as 50US dollars and forced to service up to 25 clients a day.
These women and children have no rela support system on the outside, making escape or rescue almost impossible. This is where we join the fight. With over 7000 rescues since the beginning of her fight, CNN Hero Somaly Mam has been on the fore front of the battle against sex trafficking, and a shinning light for these women and children. Our goal is to make sure that no woman or child ever reaches out for help, and can’t receive it because of lack of funding.
One day, one jump, one goal and we did it! On August 18th, 2012 Serinda Swan , Shay Mitchell, AnnaLynne McCord, Renee Olstead, Chloe Flower, Hill Harper, Cassie Scerbo, Stephen Bishop, Jimmi Simpson and many more came together and participated in the highest skydive in North America, jumping 18,000 ft.
Celebrities soared over the Lompoc Valley on Saturday with the aim of helping end sex trafficking around the world. Actors including Serinda Swan of the movie “TRON: Legacy” and Shay Mitchell of the ABC TV series “Pretty Little Liars,” along with other participants, skydived from a plane 18,000 feet over Lompoc to raise money to fight global sex trafficking as part of 18 for 18 Project Rescue Skydive 2012. The event that involved 29 skydivers was held at Skydive Santa Barbara which is based at the Lompoc Airport. Serinda Swan, founding ambassador of the nonprofit foundation Friends to Mankind, organized the 18 for 18 Project Rescue Skydive.! read more
Where: Lexington Social House
Who Was There: AnnaLynne McCord, Eva Amurri, Serinda Swan, Shay Mitchell, Jimmi Simpson, Renee Olstead, Jacki Weaver, Cassie Scerbo, Holli Starr, Taryn Manning, Colin Ferguson, Jay Harrington, Ally Maki, Stephen Bishop, Chloe Flower.
Other Details: Numerous young stars turned out last night to celebrate their contributions to the Friends To Mankind 18 for 18 Project Rescue skydive, a campaign to raise funds for the Somaly Mam Foundation's mission to fight sex trafficking. The event was hosted by Shay Mitchell, Serinda Swan, and Eva Amurri Martino and featured the DJ stylings of Taryn Manning. read more
Would you skydive for a cause? Well, Shay Mitchell and AnnaLynne McCord did exactly that this weekend with Serinda Swan to help raise awareness on sex trafficking for the Somaly Mam Foundation! It was all part of a campaign called 18 for 18, which started last year by having people jump 18,000 feet to raise $18,000 to help fight human trafficking all around the world. This year the goal was set to raise $50,000. After all dives were said and done this past Saturday, they exceeded their goal and raised $71,000! read more
If there’s one burning question we have for Shay Mitchell it’s, “Where do you find the time, girl?” Somewhere in between hosting fashion events and filming episodes of her popular ABC Family series, Pretty Little Liars, she set aside a whole weekend (August 18 – 19) to help put a stop to human trafficking. Just a day after leaping out of a plane 18,000 feet in the air over Santa Barbara, the PLL star changed out of her jumpsuit and into a gorgeous dress to attend the Friends to Mankind’s 2nd annual 18 For 18 charity event “The Jump” (benefiting the Somaly Mam Foundation’s PROJECT RESCUE) at Lexington Social House in Hollywood, California. read more
Serinda Swan, Shay Mitchell and AnnaLynne McCord took a big leap on Saturday afternoon with a ton of their closest friends and peers in Santa Barbara, Calif, — they went skydiving! The two joined Renee Olstead, Cassie Scerbo, Hill Harper, Serinda Swan and more to jump from 18,000 feet in the air, all to raise monies for the Somaly Mam Foundation through an annual campaign called #18for18. The group raised over $70,000 (with help from This Shirt Helps) for the cause in less than 10 days, which topped their original goal by $20,000! read more
Friends to Mankind’s second annual #18for18 charity event and fundraiser hosted by Shay Mitchell, Serinda Swan and Eva Amurri Martino will take place Sunday, August 19. Among the stars expected to attend are AnnaLynne McCord (90210), Shay Mitchell (Pretty Little Liars), Serinda Swan (Breakout Kings, Baytown Outlaws), Eva Amurri Martino (Californication), Renee Olstead (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Hill Harper (CSI:NY), Ally Maki (Shake It Up: Made In Japan), Cassie Scerbo (Make It or Break It), Taryn Manning (8 Miles, Burn Notice) Francia Raisa (The Secret Life of the American Teenager), Chloe Flower (Classical Pianist), and Colin Ferguson (Eureka), to name a few. read more
Brooklyn Decker, Bar Refaeli, AnnaLynne McCord, Serinda Swan, Shay Mitchell, Ashley Rickards, Susan Sarandon, Patrick Alcindor, Maria Bello, Peter Davis, Sally Field, Daryl Hannah, Laurie Holden, Ron Livingston, Lauren Bush, Ashley Bush, Petra Nemcova, Sheryl Sandberg, Moises de la Renta, Jane Seymour, Ally Sheedy, Tia Walker, Arden Wohl, Russell Simmons, Mehcad Brooks, Hill Harper, Chloe Flower, Ian Tobin, and Briana Evigan to name a few.
The Somaly Mam Foundation has been featured in/on Glamour, Elle, New York Times, Huffingtonpost.com, CNN, SUCCESS Magazine, PBS, and Marie Claire.
JUMP: Join our jump team in Santa Barbara or Vancouver as they leap 18,000 feet into the sky to help stop sex trafficking worldwide. Our team is made up of passionate and conscious daredevils committed to changing the world. Team members are asked to bring awareness to the cause through their social media sites. So join us and jump! Jump for change, jump for freedom, jump for life!
PROMOTE: If throwing yourself out of a plane at 18,000 ft. isn’t your cup of tea, we completely understand! Instead you can utilize your celebrity via your social media outlets. Promoting the jump at least once or twice a day by tweeting and posting on Facebook will help raise awareness and hopefully money. You can then join us for the official after party and speak with the media and press.
SPONSOR: If you are a company looking to make a difference, this is your chance. Email email@example.com and find out how you can sponsor this years jump.
FUN FACTS: Our outreach is now over 10 million and media confirmed includes People Magazine, LA Times, Young Hollywood, and Channel One News.
For more information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
$1.00 a day supports hygiene materials and clothing for a center resident
$2.00 provides more than a full day of three nutritious meals, including 700 grams of rice and meat or fish and vegetables at each meal
$3.50 supports a full day of art therapy materials for a center
$5.00 is the cost of one month of counseling and psychological services for one shelter resident
$7.50 is all it takes for the Outreach team to reach one victim of human trafficking and provide education, condoms, and hygienic materials
$10.00 covers one month of health care expenses $18.00 one step closer to our project rescue goal, where we can fund rescues for a year
$30.00 provides an exam and blood test for a girl rescued from sexual slavery in South East Asia
$150.00 covers a month of books and materials for the center library, supporting 70 girls
The Somaly Mam Foundation is a nonprofit charity committed to ending modern day slavery and empowering its survivors as part of the solution. Human trafficking, a multi-billion dollar industry, is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world. With over two million women and children sold into sexual slavery each year, it is a global crisis that must be stopped. More resources are critically needed to support the rescue and rehabilitation of these young victims.
Co-founded by sexual slavery survivor, Somaly Mam, the Foundation works to eradicate human trafficking, liberate its victims, and empower survivors so they can create and sustain lives of dignity. The Foundation supports survivor rescue, shelter, and rehabilitation programs in Southeast Asia, where the trafficking of women and girls, some as young as five, is widespread.
The Somaly Mam Foundation also runs awareness and advocacy campaigns that shed light on the crime of human trafficking, spotlight its brave survivors of living examples of change, and focus on getting the public and governments involved in the fight to abolish modern day slavery. Our Vision: A world where women and children are safe from slavery. Our Mission: To give victims and survivors a voice in their lives, liberate victims, end slavery, and empower survivors as they create and sustain lives of dignity. read more
Friends to Mankind (FtoM) is an international non-profit organisation that works with individuals, corporations and philanthropic organizations towards the betterment of humanity. Focusing on finding creative ways to raise funds and awareness for other like minded non profits that fit the Friends To Mankind ethos, we are building a family of people saying "Yes, I am a Friend to Mankind" and we are doing what we can, where we are.
Currently we are building a database of "Friends" that we will use to map out our new community across the world. By the end of 2013 we hope to have over 1,000,000 friends worldwide, and ask you to join us. Our goal is to build a global, user-friendly database allowing people across the world to easily click a location that they either live in, or traveling to, and find out how they can help.
Whether locally or abroad, a single click will put generous people in touch with organizations that need them. From local schools that need text books, or old electronics, to helping a Southeast Asian village provide shelter for victims of sex-trafficking, it will never have been easier to make a difference. Sign up today and become part of our "Friends to Mankind" family, and do what you can where you are. read more
Born in Vancouver, Canada, Serinda Swan is an established actress well known for her work in the drama series Breakout Kings and the blockbuster TRON: Legacy. In addition to spending most of her time on set, Serinda is equally passionate about her philanthropic work throughout the world. She is a founding ambassador for Friends to Mankind; an organization that empowers people to be globally conscious individuals and take action any way they can "Do what you can where you are".
She has worked on numerous aid relief campaigns for organizations like the UN, Somaly Mam Foundation, Nothing but Nets, Heifer international, CCF, The Sanctuary, and Voices for Change. One of her favorite campaigns is the annual 18FOR18 fundraiser she organizes under Friends to Mankind, to fund the Somaly Mam Foundation and their efforts to help women and children victimized by sex trafficking. 18FOR18 is a daring campaign that organizes a sky dive jump from 18,000 feet to raise $18,000. Although this thrilling fundraiser ended up raising $20,000 over their initial goal last year, the idea did not begin quite so triumphantly...
On top of organizing the 18FOR18 campaign this past year, Serinda also volunteered her time to help other campaigns targeting various causes. In this past year alone, she visited a juvenile detention center in the US to inspire kids and also listen and share their stories. She spent Christmas away from her family in Bali to help build a safe haven for kids traumatized by sex slavery.
Additionally, she spent a week cycling through Cambodia with Project Features to raise money for the Somaly Man Foundation, and just recently she returned from South Sudan with the UN and Nothing but Nets to help refugees affected by a massive malaria epidemic. With every new injustice she experiences, her commitment to helping others increases. She has witnessed firsthand the power of love and its ability to console, strengthen and change the world. read more
I’m at 18,000 ft. The door opens and I can feel the wind ripping around the plane. I remove my oxygen mask and I slide towards the open door. I’m about to make North Americas highest skydive in 3…2…1…
Let me start from the beginning.
I find myself aimlessly wandering around my block. I’m in Toronto. It’s 30 below but I’m not coming in anytime soon. I just watched a CNN documentary on Sex Trafficking that has blown my reality apart.
I try to think of myself as a well-informed human being; I watch the news, read the economist, give to the SPCA and Greenpeace every month. How did I not know about the 2 million women and children that will be sold into sex slavery this year? How is it the fastest growing criminal activity, grossing upwards of 9 billion a year, with girls as young as 3 being sold for as little as $50 US and forced to service up to 30 clients a day? My mind can’t wrap its way around this.
I’m running in the deep snow, images of the young girls swirling around my head like the snowflakes in the air, slowly blanketing my mind with nothing but these pictures. I want to cry right here on the sidewalk, just lie down in the snow and melt away from it all. But it won’t stop. It’s a now a full force blizzard in my mind… all I can think about is the statistics.
The average age a girl is sold into prostitution is 13!
Most of these girls will never see their 16th birthday.
I stop; tears running down my face, and just stand still and watch the snow fall. I feel so helpless.
I know that this is not how the world is changed; this is not how you make a difference, by just standing still doing nothing. But what can I do? As I stand there I remember William Wilberforce once said, “You may choose to look the other away, but you can never say again that you didn’t know.” I turn around and run home.
Its a few months later and I’ve just returned from Cambodia after meeting with The Somlay Mam Foundation, one of the forefront organizations in the fight against sex trafficking. They need a van for rescues and medical supplies. They need $18,000.
How am I going to raise this?
A few days later, I’m sitting at the 2011 CLASSY Awards, listening to the story of a girl who raised over 10k with a lemonade stand, and it comes to me: North Americas highest skydive is 18,000 ft.
And so 18for18 was born. I had ten days to raise $18,000 and I was going to do it by throwing my self out of a plane.
The doors open, I take my oxygen mask off and slide towards the door.
18,000ft, over a minute of free fall, and nothing to catch me but my parachute in..
3…I think of the girls
2…I remember looking into their eyes and promising id fight for them
1…I look beside me at all my friends that not only supported me but are also jumping for the cause. I feel so blessed.
As I free fall into nothingness, I have never felt so supported in my entire life.
We did it. Over $38,000 in 10 days.
“Love can heal, love can console, love can strengthen, and yes, love can make change” -Somaly Mam
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