The Fireball Run
Child Rescue Network is proud to have been named the “Official Charity” of the Fireball Run, the Most Epic Adventure rally in America. Coming in Sept. 2014, 40 teams will be part of an 8 day, 2000 mile, life-sized trivia game, where America serves as the game board. Billed as the “Race to Recover America’s Missing Children”, each team is assigned a different missing child, provided with flyers of the child and instructed to distribute these flyers at every opportunity. http://www.fireballrun.com/
With 1 in 6 missing children located because someone sees a picture, the ability to disseminate 40,000 flyers provides a wonderful opportunity to bring children home. The awareness raised is phenomenal and helps people understand that over 2100 kids are reported missing every single day in the United States.
There are 3 types of cases featured during the Fireball Run.
Family abductions, which make up 82% of all abductions, and are often misunderstood by the public. Children abducted by a parent are most often taken as a way to hurt the other parent, not because it is in the best interest of the child. The kids are simple tools of revenge and notoriously do not go to school, receive medical attention or develop socially. Parental abductions can cause life-long issues in a child’s life, after all when a parent lies to you, who will you ever trust.
Many children are considered missing under unknown circumstances. They simply disappeared and the families are left to wonder what happened.
The majority of missing children are runaways. Over 1000 kids a day run away from homes every single day. They leave for a variety of reasons; disagreements with parents, issues with friends and some runaway to be with supposed boyfriends and girlfriends. Runaways pose a unique challenge for families and law enforcement due to the circumstances of their disappearance.
Runaways also are prime targets for human traffickers. 2/3 of runaways are sexually solicited within the first 48 hours of hitting the streets. Many are approached by individuals who pretend to care about the child so that they can begin to manipulate and coerce them into a life of prostitution or forced labor. Think about it… when a runaway gets abducted, who reports it?
This year’s event starts in Frisco, TX and covers 2000 miles with stops in Camden, AR; Ardmore, OK; Enid, OK; Bentonville, AR; St. Robert, MO and Columbia, MO before finishing up in Independence, MO.