The Chicago Marathon may have hit a snag with its online registration but that’s no excuse for you to stop training and to use technology to not only help you train but give back in the process.
“By simply downloading the app and clicking start at the beginning of any run, walk or bike workout, Charity Miles will use your training mileage to donate money for life saving vaccines for children in developing countries. Vaccines that will help prevent 1.5 million deaths. Vaccines that will help eradicate polio. Vaccines that will give children everywhere, a shot at the childhood that they deserve,” Sonnino explains.
According to Shot@Life, vaccines currently help save 2.5 million children from preventable diseases each year. Shot@Life is a campaign of the United Nations Foundation which is working with partners to build a movement in the U.S. to help ensure that children around the world do not die of vaccine-preventable diseases.
How Does Charity Miles Work?
The FREE iPhone and Android app empowers users to raise money while running, biking or walking. Before you begin the activity, you swipe your device to choose the charity of your choice and then begin. As you run, walk or bike, you can see how your activity translates into results (for example, how many vaccines will be donated as a result of running 5 miles).
When you’re finished, accept your sponsorship (you’re now considered a “sponsored athlete” since sponsors are contributing to the organizations on behalf of your activity). You then share the results on your Facebook page (ah, yes, you need a Facebook page for this app to work).
How Much Are My Miles Worth?
Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile, up to an initial $1,000,000 sponsorship pool. Charity Miles donates the money to causes for your activity.
Will this app motivate you to get moving? I’ve downloaded the Charity Miles app and chose Shot@Life as my charity beneficiary. Let’s see how many miles I can log and how much I can help raise for the non-profit organization simply by doing something I would doing anyway.
Megy Karydes is founder of Wandering Tastes, a lifestyle and travel site that is meant to inspire adventure and exploration through traveling and food.