Let’s Tell Bullying To Take A Hike!
We’re Going to Trek Over 2,100 Miles of Wilderness,
Mountain Passes and City Streets
to Stop Bullying…
…and we need your help to make it happen!
Bullying has officially become an epidemic across the country, and this is totally unacceptable. I think you’ll agree that the children of our society need to be protected from the hate, the intolerance and the brutality that comes with bullying.
Let’s take a look at some alarming facts:
- 25% of school kids are bullied
- 9 out of 10 kids who are LGBTQ are harassed and tormented
- On any given school day, there are 160,000 kids who stay home from school for fear of being bullied
- 60% of boys who are bullies have at least one criminal conviction by the age of 24
- parents and siblings of suicide victims are committing suicide at staggering rates because of the loss of their children and brothers and sisters.
Take the tragic story of Ashland Conner, who was only ten years old when she had finally had enough bullying. She hung herself with a knitted scarf that was obviously a gift from a loved one. These gut wrenching scenes play themselves out every day in homes across the country.
THIS MUST STOP NOW
No longer can we as a nation sit idly by while our kids are being brutalized, harassed and degraded by the horrific, terrifying behavior of these individuals.
No longer can we let the violence continue in our classrooms, in our schoolyards and on our doorsteps.
No longer can we allow our nation’s precious children to be scarred for life from these hate-filled villains of our society.
Here at Learning To Live Out Loud, we are going to Tell Bullying To Take A Hike!
We are Forging The Trail of Equality, Love and Acceptance, and this is how we’re going to do it…
Dr. Cheryl Hanly and I, Shenna Shotwell, will embark on the journey of a lifetime to Tell Bullying To Take A Hike!!
We will begin a trek of the 2,180 mile Appalachian Trail. The trail winds through 14 states of small town Appalachia and the rolling hills of rural New England.
Why this trail? Because bullying knows no boundaries. It happens in big cities, small towns and everyplace in between.
We will finish sometime at the end of September or beginning of October. This is almost 6 months of hiking through rain, sleet, heat and hail to create something bigger than ourselves.
We intend to carry our message thru 14 states worth of towns and let people know that bullying is not acceptable at any level.
Now, here’s where you come in.
If you share our passion for this cause; if you don’t want to see one more child suicide in the wake of bullying’s devastating effects, then it’s time to show your support with a donation.
And since we understand that times are tough, we are going to make this a no-brainer for you by proving the power of a penny!!
If you can pledge just one penny per mile, which is only $21.80 total for the entire trek of 2,180 miles, that will be a huge help.
Click below to make your pledge
Then if you can go one step further and help make this go viral, you’d be helping to end bullying in an exponential way. So share the news of our journey with your friends, family, neighbors, area businesses, anyone who you think would be willing to help.
And please spread the word on every social media outlet. Join our Facebook fan page and tell your Facebook friends and Twitter followers about this mission.
We need 45,872 pledges to hit the goal of over a million dollars to help victims of this horrible and senseless act of violence, so the more you can do the better.
These are some of the organizations we will be contributing to:
Creator made us all the same. No matter what we look like, smell like, talk like, act like or who we love! It’s all about Equality, Love and Acceptance!! For each of us!!
Together, we will make a huge difference! One penny and one step at a time!!!
Click below to make your pledge