News

4/1/19
Only 5 more days until Freedom Swim 2019!! Fundraising is going great -- over $8600 is in the campaign already! Way to go, Freedom Swimmers! Make sure to check your emails from us for important info about event day. Encourage your teammates, learn something more about the fight against modern-day slavery, and go find that swimsuit and pair of goggles! See you Saturday!!

3/17/19
Kickoff 2019 was awesome!! Miss it? That’s OK! The following links will take you to the videos, PowerPoint presentations, and fundraising resources which will help catch you up. Check them out and contact us with any questions!

IJM: Fighting to End Slavery. For Good. (This video is a helpful overview of IJM's work to end slavery.)
The Deep Place: Foli's Story (video)
Born Free: Thaiyamma's Story (video)
Caroline and Ellen's Event Details and Fundraising Tips (PDF)
Fundraising Tips from Freedom Swimmers! (video)
Pledge sheet (PDF) - Take it with you everywhere!
Business cards (PDF) - Cut and hand out to potential sponsors
2017 IJM Fact Sheet (PDF) - Print and share with your sponsors so they can see that IJM is awesome!

BIG NEWS! A generous donor in Wisconsin has offered to match our first $35,000 of funds raised! That means that if we reach our goal of $65,000, our total will actually be $100,000! That would fund 15 rescue operations! Can we do it, Freedom Swimmers?!

We're now at 143 registered swimmers -- way to go recruiting your friends! Let's see if we can fill up our teams and hit 200 swimmers!

3/12/19
We're up to 85 Freedom Swimmers, and Kickoff is in 4 days (4:30 to 6:30 at PlayN Wisconsin)! Bring a friend to learn about slavery, IJM, Freedom Swim, and how simply asking a few neighbors and relatives to sponsor your laps can bring hope to this world! Bring a signed waiver, socks, water bottle, and a heart of compassion.

3/1/19
We have 44 youth registered so far for the 2019 Freedom Swim! We're hoping for 150 or 200 swimmers this year, sharing the passion to end modern-day slavery. In a world that can be full of bad news, you guys are bringing hope and joy to your community, and to those that IJM can rescue because of your work!

1/31/19
Big news! Freedom Swim 2019 will have three waves, each a two hour time block, which means we have space for more swimmers than ever! The Freedom Swim lead team is busy spreading the word about the swim-a-thon through lots of presentations, and registration is now open!

11/27/18
The lead team is seeking 2019 event sponsors and doing lots of planning! Freedom Swim 2019 will be held April 6th at the Middleton High School Pool!

4/28/18
Amazing job, Freedom Swimmers! A total of $57,321 was raised by 124 swimmers, with their amazing families and sponsors. This provides funding for more than eight IJM rescue operations, which have potential to free and restore hundreds of people. We're so proud of all your hard work! And big high fives for our top two fundraising teams, Hope Hurricane (with $7,282 raised) and Narwhals of Justice (with $6,883 raised). An outstanding effort on behalf of victims of slavery!

4/8/18
You guys swam so hard at the event Saturday. Way to go, giving your best efforts to bring awareness and hope, that modern-day slavery can and must be stopped! Can't wait to see the final totals!

3/30/18
Here's a great resource for face-to-face fundraising that one of our parents made: IJM/FS business cards to print and share! It's great to leave something with your friends and neighbors so they can check out the websites in their own time.

3/20/18
Did you miss the Freedom Swim 2018 Kickoff Party? That’s OK! The following links will take you to the videos, PowerPoint presentations, and resources which will help catch you up. Check them out and contact us with any questions!

Slideshow with highlights from 2016-2017 Freedom Swim events (mp4 video)
Susan's IJM presentation (PDF)
IJM: Fighting to End Slavery. For Good. (mp4 video)
Gideon's Rescue (mp4 video)
Ellen's Event Details and Fundraising Tips (PDF)
Pledge Sheet (PDF)
Instructions for IJM Fundraising Pages (PDF)
Special Thank You from Liz West, IJM Director of Strategy and Execution for Global Programs (mp4 video)
2017 IJM Fact Sheet: Print and share with your sponsors