Grace, Sara, and Savannah pedaled the Pacific in 2017 with a desire to raise awareness about domestic sex trafficking within their communities.
Here's what we know:
Sex trafficking is a complex, intimidating topic.
Hilariously un-athletic girls
They wanted to create a space to talk about sex trafficking with their community in a welcoming way.
They decided to do something so outside of their comfort zone that people couldn’t help but ask why. They tag-lined themselves as “hilariously un-athletic girls” and announced their plans to cycle 1,700 miles down the Pacific Coast. This immediately captured people’s attention and prompted them to dig deeper into their reason for riding.
People asked us:
“How does a bike make a difference?”
Or, they say
“What does a bike have to do with fighting sex trafficking?”
Or, they ask:
“What’s the point of cycling 1,700 miles?”
They crossed the finish line in San Diego having raised over $60,000, which was six times their initial goal.
They saw first-hand the power of using something as simple as a bicycle to spark change and knew they had to keep the momentum going.
No voice is too small to make a difference
Pedal the Pacific has now raised over half a million dollars for leading organizations in the anti-trafficking movement.
Beyond the numbers
Pedal the Pacific's true purpose lies in raising up the women leaders who come through our program.
Riders learn the power of their voices when fighting for justice, something that lasts long after their time with us is finished. Pedal the Pacific is more than just a bike ride. It’s a launching pad that teaches women to advocate responsibly and believe in their ability to make a difference.