The George Washington women's rowing team will host a Charity Erg-a-Thon on Friday, October 25 in Veterans Park to benefit Polaris Project.
A leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern day slavery, Polaris Project pushes for stronger federal and state laws while operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline, conducting training and providing vital services to victims of trafficking.
"Human trafficking is an urgent issue that is often overlooked in the fundraising world, yet is every bit as important," explained GW women's rowing junior Lauren Tharp. "With many GW students passionate about social justice issues, we felt that promoting an organization such as Polaris Project will allow students to donate to a charity of importance while also informing those unaware of the severity of human trafficking."
The event is open to the GW community.
There will be six ergometer machines (indoor rowing machines) hooked up to a large television with small boats representing each racer. Participants can pay a donation to compete in 500 meter races against either their friends or members of the women's rowing team. In return, participants will receive raffle tickets for the chance to earn prizes and gift cards to a variety of local businesses.
"I think it is important to demonstrate a gratitude for what we as student-athletes are given, and it's imperative to show a concern for larger issues," said Tharp. "Events like this also connect student-athletes and the AthleticsDepartment with the GW community."