A new virtual running app has launched with what it claims is the world’s first transatlantic virtual race for charity.
Using the Racefully app, two charity runners ran together in real time on opposite sides of the Atlantic ocean, with the event hosted in London and Boston.
The virtual live run aimed to highlight the connection between running, community and charity. It featured London-based Natalie Doble, raising funds for the St. Mark’s Hospital Foundation, and Boston-based Collin Matthews, a Boston Marathon veteran who ran for the Martin Richard Foundation.
Racefully is available free is the Apple Store with plans for an Android release. It allows runners to virtually meet up and run together, as well as raise funds through their running, regardless of location. Once a user has launched a race with friends, Racefully’s Live Run feature keeps track of who is keeping pace, who is falling behind, and who is taking the lead in real time.
Detroit-based non-profit that educates and employs homeless women to create coats that transform into sleeping bags, which are then given to the homeless.
The Empowerment Plan employs and trains homeless women to manufacture a garment that serves as both a coat and a sleeping bag. These coats are then distributed back to homeless individuals within the Detroit community and across the nation, at no cost to them.
We currently employ 18 inspiring women as full-time seamstresses. Through training and steady employment these women are able to elevate themselves from the cycle of poverty. Within the first few months of working with the program, we actively help these women and their families move off the streets or out of shelters by finding them secure, furnished housing. These women are empowering themselves with the confidence and skills necessary for a more sustainable, financially stable, and healthier life.
The Empowerment Plan has a dual mission as we not only run and function like a garment business making warm, durable coats for the homeless, but we also help our employees to advance themselves professionally, economically, and educationally through learning and effectively utilizing a unique trade skill.
More Information: The Empowerment Plan