AN UNUSUAL AND EXCITING
We are confident you will be inspired as Margery, her sister and niece begin their 2,650 mile hike! Read their story and TAKE THE CHALLENGE!
At a recent breakfast for local veterinarians, Dr. Beth Ritchie was asked to discuss
'BV HOPE' which she started with a dedicated group of volunteers in 2014. Enthralled at her description of their amazing work to decrease and prevent human trafficking in local central Colorado communities, perusing their website also revealed their 'Haven for Hope' initiative to provide safe and restorative housing for adult trafficking survivors. This is something I wanted to support. The question was....how?
On April 18, my sister Diane, niece Dulce, and I begin my sister's dream adventure: Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). This national scenic trail is 2,650 miles from southern California to northern Washington along the Cascade and Sierra mountain ranges. Although over the age of 60 and with several less than ideal joints, we will hike as far as we can between April and September of 2023.
As a retired US Army officer and veterinarian, I still want to serve. While praying and pondering about Haven for Hope and the epic (for me) trek, the answer became clear - to use the trek to help raise awareness and money for Haven for Hope. My goal is to find 100 donation partners to pledge one cent per mile we hike. Although the total sum of $26.50 per donation, might not seem much, with 100 partners the total of $2,650 could help with complete care and housing for a month for a survivor in the home. Although uncertain we will be able to complete the entire distance due to record snowfall, more dangerous conditions and other factors, any donation made will be put to excellent use by the Haven for Hope team.
We begin our trek on April 18, 2023 from Campo, California. Updates on the hike will be provided through this website or follow our adventures on our YouTube channel!
I hope you will join me in this trek to support Haven for Hope!
Many thanks, Margery
August 18, 2023 423 PCT miles hiked! They're calling this the 'year of the flip-flop' as the majority of hikers are moving between different PCT sections due to the record high snows and subsequent runoffs and dangerous creek crossings in areas such as the Sierra Nevadas. We are no exception and are now hiking sections in Oregon and Washington.
Sadly, trafficked victims have no such option to avoid dangerous 'trails', and instead are frequently and purposefully placed in danger. Let's help them 'flip-flop' into a safe and secure environment to recover and grow!
September 15, 2023
Our time is closing in fast now. Hard to imagine.
Despite fighting injuries and other set backs, 502 miles hiked so far! Our time on the trail is short, so we have been concentrating on hitting highlight areas such as the northern Cascades, Mt Hood, Crater Lake, and similar.
Trafficked victims have no such option. They have no enjoyable highlights to aim for and little to look forward to. We can help change that. Thank you for all you are doing!
See you down the trail!
THANK YOU for being a trekking donation partner and let's
continue to spread the word of Hope!
Check out our YouTube channel for updated videos!