A resident of Phoenix, Ariz., and mother of two, Amy recently held a fundraiser to collect money for a motorbike, which undercover teams in Southeast Asia could use for raids and operations. She called the event “Fundraiser for Freedom,” and it featured a silent auction full of items such as Rodan + Fields skin care products and burlap tote bags. The night also included a raffle and catered food from P.F. Chang’s. Matt Parker spoke briefly, as well, about The Exodus Road organization and the importance of its work. In addition, Amy set out Exodus Road merchandise for sale, and attending children wrote letters to undercover investigators, thanking them for their work.
The event raised $5,000 to purchase a $2,200 motorbike, making Fundraiser for Freedom a resounding success. The excess money would go toward the purchase of other necessary equipment for undercover operations.
The event developed out of Amy’s desire help enslaved women overseas.
“When I first learned about the prevalence of sex trafficking, it weighed heavy on my heart and I couldn’t stop thinking about it,” she said. “I wanted to help but I didn’t know how.”
She heard Matt speak at The Grove Church in Chandler, Ariz., a year ago and began helping with social media and journalism needs for The Exodus Road. But, she wanted to do more to equip investigators with the supplies they needed to initiate raids. She wanted to give more than just her time and talents. She wanted to give money.
“I knew that my donation would be nothing compared to a group of people coming together and donating so I decided a fundraiser would be the best means to achieve this goal,” she said. “I also thought a fundraiser would bring about awareness of sex trafficking as well.”
Matt provided the means for that awareness. During his talk, he gave partygoers statistics on women and children who are forced to perform sexual acts daily.
“Some people were shocked about how big of an issue it really is—especially in Southeast Asia,” Amy said. “I think when most people think of prostitution, they think the women are there because they just want to earn money.”
But after hearing from Matt, people were horrified. Amy said they wanted to know more about how they could help abolish sex trafficking and free the millions of slaves around the world. Yet, by attending the fundraiser and purchasing skin care items or tote bags, they had already contributed to the cause. With money from the event, Jim*, a former Special Forces member and current undercover investigator, purchased a new, silver motorbike.
“These are nice bikes, large and powerful enough for bigger guys and should last us a long time. As always, thanks very much for your hard work and giving us the tools we need to do the job.” – Jim*, Undercover Investigator
Amy’s simple fundraiser can be replicated at any time and at any place so that undercover investigators can have the equipment they need. We at The Exodus Road need people to help with this fight and to host their own events. Whether it’s an Undercover Run, a Search and Rescue Home Party, Cocktails for a Cause, or another creative avenue to connect more people with the mission of child rescue.
“By volunteering, hosting a fundraiser or donating, you will be giving that woman or child a voice, giving them hope and an opportunity to be free,” Amy said. And then beautifully lived out her own conviction.
To find out more about how to host your own fundraising event, check out some of our volunteer fundraising opportunities here.