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$200,000 Raised Through Dancember

Over the weekend YouTube Stars, Judy and Benji Travis, set out to raise $200,000 for Convoy of Hope’s Children’s Feeding Initiative through their Dancember campaign. The 24-hour-live broadcast started strong Friday at 3 p.m.(PST) with more than $50,000 that had been raised leading up to the event.

The live broadcast featured dancing, lip-syncing and special guests to encourage viewers to donate and learn more about Convoy. For every $5,000 raised, the Dancember team danced to celebrate.

Before the 24-hour-live broadcast was over, the team had raised more than $200,000 which came in from viewers around the world.

“When Benji said our goal for this year was $200,000, it seemed impossible,” Judy said as she reflected on the event. “But I said, ‘let’s try it’ and we hit it. It’s overwhelming.”

With tens of thousands of viewers at any given time, we know the event was only a success because of the Dancember team, and all those who tuned in, donated and shared the event with their friends.

“We want to thank everyone that participated in Dancember,” says Kirk Noonan, vice president of Creative Communications for Convoy of Hope. “Especially the Travis’ family for their generosity to help us bring hope to kids throughout the world.”

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Dancember: Meet Benji and Judy Travis

Benji and Judy Travis have amassed millions of views on YouTube. The couple and their three daughters have partnered with Convoy of Hope for Dancember, the Travis’ 24-hour live broadcast on their YouTube channel that will raise funds for children and families in Convoy of Hope’s programs throughout the world.

Benji says Dancember started with the intent of raising funds to help homeless teens in the U.S.

“We offered to dance for 24 hours if our YouTube viewers hit our fundraising goal,” says Benji. The campaign generated a lot of buzz among their fans and ended up smashing their original goal. The couple has since chosen several other nonprofits to support.

Benji attributes Dancember’s appeal to how fun it is to participate: The couple isn’t just providing a platform for donors to give — they offer a little entertainment in return.

Dancember will air on December 18 at 3 p.m.(PST). Visit convoyofhope.org/dancember for more information.

In Benji’s Words

We created Dancember because…

Giving back is really important to us. And giving in a non-traditional way is much more fun.

The best thing about my wife is…

She’s beautiful, inside and out: She’s genuine and kind-spirited.

Everyday I live by the rule…

Be grateful. Find balance. Prioritize.

The greatest thing I’ve learned being a dad is…

Being a father is a privilege. You’re their source of wisdom. You get to teach a human being how to be a human being.

 

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World Food Day 2015

World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. On October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate world hunger. At Convoy of Hope, we feed kids and raise awareness of the problems caused by hunger and malnutrition.

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations estimates that there are more than 800 million hungry people in the world. Most of them live in Latin America, Africa and Asia. While the number can be overwhelming, we CAN put an end to world hunger in our generation — one child at a time.

This week, as we march toward World Food Day, we need your help! Join us to feed 16 kids in Haiti by the 16th. We’re asking our friends for $1,920 to provide food for an entire year. We are confident we will reach our goal with your partnership. Thank you.

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The group rode 500 miles across New Mexico to raise money for Convoy of Hope.(PHOTO: Mark Morris) The group rode 500 miles across New Mexico to raise money for Convoy of Hope.(PHOTO: Mark Morris)

Bike for the Light

Turning a hobby into hope

Each year, Convoy of Hope’s Rural Compassion Initiative hosts hundreds of 24-hour training sessions across the country. Kim and Laurel Harvey, members of the team, host events like this regularly — but at a recent event in New Mexico, they wouldn’t simply be going back home afterwards. Kim was joining a group of nearly 30 people who would be riding bicycles 500 miles across New Mexico. This was all part of a mission to help raise money for Speed the Light to purchase a new vehicle for Convoy of Hope.

Nearly 30 cyclists participated in Bike for the Light.

Nearly 30 cyclists participated in Bike for the Light. (PHOTO: Robert Bradford)

“I couldn’t imagine riding 100 miles a day for five days in a row,” says Harvey. “But when I met the other riders and felt their passion for the work we do, I was encouraged.”

In its fourth year, the group made their “Bike for the Light” journey to raise money and awareness for work being done throughout the world. The riders set off on a Monday morning and would ride 100 miles a day until they finished at the Texas border on Friday evening.

“Everyone put in a lot of training,” says Jason Dickenson, lead pastor of Harvest Church in New Mexico.

Some riders participated for different legs of the race, while others completed the full 500 miles. Dickenson’s 7-year-old daughter, Ava, and her cousin Koa joined them for 100 miles.

7-year-old cousins, Ava and Koa, rode 100 of the 500 miles with their dads.(PHOTO: Robert Bradford)

7-year-old cousins, Ava and Koa, rode 100 of the 500 miles with their dads.(PHOTO: Robert Bradford)

“It was really hard going up all the hills,” Ava says. “But I want kids to learn they can do things to help too.”

Dickenson said the ride was difficult, but knowing the impact being made gave them the strength they needed to keep going.

During a 65-mile training ride Ava stopped, turned to her dad and said, “Dad, I’m really tired … but we can’t stop because there are people that need us to finish.”

So that’s what they did. After days of physical and emotional wear, the team finished and raised more than $70,000, which is the biggest fundraising year yet. According to Dickenson, it was an incredibly emotional experience for all involved and he hopes it serves as an inspiration to others.

“It’s amazing to think you can make a difference by doing something as easy as riding a bike,” he says.

It is because of friends like him, who are willing to take a hobby, talent or passion and put it to good use, that we are able to provide help and hope to millions of people throughout the world. Thank you.

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