United Nations Foundation and Charity Miles Partner for Nationwide #VDay10k

First-Of-Its-Kind Virtual Event Allows Americans Across The Country To Walk, Run, Or Bike To Help Raise $10k For Charity, Without Opening Their Wallets

Washington, D.C.

February 8, 2013


Alexis Krieg

The UN Foundation today announced a new partnership with Charity Miles, a free smartphone app which allows anyone to earn money for charity for every mile they walk, run, or bike. The user can choose to support one of 17 charities on the app, and a group of sponsors will donate 25 cents for every mile walked or run, and 10 cents for every mile biked, to the chosen charity. Together, the organizations are launching the first-ever #VDay10k, to raise $10k charity in February.

“We don’t want people to open their wallets, just tie up their sneakers,” said Charity Miles’ founder Gene Gurkoff. “Charity Miles is excited to partner with the UN Foundation and its campaigns to encourage even more people to take small steps to make a big impact.”

The #Vday10k is a first-of-its-kind event that will rally supporters across the country to raise money for their favorite charities. “UN Foundation supporters are well-informed and passionate about addressing the problems faced by families around the world. The Charity Miles app now allows them to get out and walk the walk,” said Aaron Sherinian, the UN Foundation’s Vice President of Public Affairs. “Within minutes, anyone can download the app and start earning money for a good cause.”

To learn more, please visit www.unfoundation.org/charitymiles.


Contact: Negin Janati 202.887.9040; njanati@unfoundation.org

About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities.  We build and implement public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and work to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach.  Through our campaigns and partnerships, we connect people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems.  The campaigns we conduct reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes.

About Charity Miles
Charity Miles is a free iPhone/Android app that enables people to earn money for charity when they walk, run or bike. Since launching last June, more than 55,000 people have walked, run and biked enough Charity Miles to earn over $130,000 for some of the world’s top high-impact charities that include Feeding America, (RED), Stand Up To Cancer, The Michael J. Fox Foundation, Autism Speaks, Habitat for Humanity, The Nature Conservancy, The World Food Programme, DoSomething.org, Pencils of Promise, The Ironman Foundation, Every Mother Counts, Wounded Warrior Project, Achilles International, The Partnership for a Healthier America, ASPCA and Shot@Life.