November Meeting & Fundraising Presentation

Please join us for our monthly business meeting on November 4th at 6:30 pm.  All are welcome!

Pinney Library: 204 Cottage Grove Road, Madison, WI

This month we have invited Mike Famiano to tell us a unique fundraising campaign he undertook via bicycle, which he hopes to do again with SlaveFree Madison's collaboration.

More Information About This Month's Presentation

My name is Mike Famiano.  I’m a resident of southern Wisconsin.  This year, I took a bicycle ride around Lake Michigan to raise money and awareness for the Association For Suicide Preventions (AFSP).  This was a solo, self-supported trip of 1168 miles in 11 days.  During this trip, I passed out flyer's and spoke with people along the way.  Many people made donations to my cause during this trip – several of which were spontaneous donations.  This ride was self-advertised using a Rally page: http://rally.org/biking_for_afsp. During this trip, I was able to donate 94% of all funds raised to the AFSP.

While I am not an expert at fundraising for charitable causes, this journey allowed me a chance to combine a thrill for cycling with a desire to do good.  I am currently planning a trip for next year and hope to raise money and awareness for another cause.  For 2015, I hope to ride for awareness of human trafficking.

Some facts about me:

  • I became interested in human trafficking when someone mentioned an organization called “Free The Girls.”  This organization works to get women out of the slave trade and provide them with their own sustainable business of selling bras!  My involvement with this so far was to organize a men’s outing during which a group of local men went bra shopping to make a donation.
  • I would like to dedicate next year’s trip to raising support in the fight against human trafficking.  I’m hoping that Slave-Free Madison will let me collaborate with them.