Welcome to the willrogers.ca home page and the Million Dollar Journey. Over the last three years I have completed my own ultra distance events across the lower interior of this beautiful province. From the beginning of my association with Servants Anonymous Society (sasurrey.ca) I have learned a great deal on the subject of human trafficking and sexual exploitation both on a global and local fronts. I have been particularly struck by the apathetic and dismissive attitude and response by authorities and individuals alike due to indifference or an uneducated ideal of a tragic situation, to one of, if not the biggest problem of our times. The brutality and viciousness of the operators of this industry seems to hold no bounds. Three books on the subject that have helped out greatly are The Natashas and, The Johns both by CBC investigative reporter Victor Malarek, as well Invisible Chains by UBC professor and researcher Benjamin Perrin. If you want realistic up to date information and understanding on the issue and possible solutions on a local as well as global scale I strongly suggest these books, but be prepared they are direct and honest and sometimes difficult to read.
Over the next year I am looking forward to meeting and possibly partnering with corporate entities from around the region.
My 1st of 5 goals remains the same to sign up 10,000 individuals for a commitment of $20 a month for 24 months or the equivalent. This would put 5 million dollars in the bank that would generate enough equity to run the charity(SAS) on an ongoing basis, regenerate monies for expansion. Enough money to expand the operation or copy it to another community while paying for other programs as well. The other 4 goals are similar on a provincial and national scale and would deal with more proactive initiatives.
This CAN be done and will save the lives of women and children in our own and other communities.
Save tax dollars. Send a message that this kind of brutal, disgusting, opportunistic criminality will not be tolerated in a modern day country such as ours.
Remember: one girl taken off the street for one day; given shelter, security, away from "the life" keeps her from being raped 10 times. This is how we define success!
This CAN be done but I can not do this alone. I, along with the women that live with this every day of their lives and those that are willing to step up and seek help, need you to step up now!
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed its the only thing that has.
What does Servants Anonymous Society do?
1. They get sexually exploited women and girls off the street.
2. They provide safety, security, education, long term housing.
3. They reduce or eliminate the need for social services.
4. They teach life skills build and self-esteem.
5. They assist with drug addiction recovery and mental health issues.
6 6. They help stop the sexually transmitted disease such as hepatitis and HIV which can be very expensive to treat long term.
7. Help reunite families.
8. Assist with finding employment.
9. Save healthcare dollars.
10. Keeps money out of the hands of criminals and criminal organizations.
Who wins and who loses?
When this happens, society (you and me) wins. For between 12 to 13 thousand dollars a year for each girl in the SAS program.
Who loses? CRIMINALS!
Sounds like a compelling argument to support Servants Anonymous Society and thats why I do.
WR “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” --John “the Penguin” Bingham "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King SERVANTS ANONYMOUS SOCIETY, SURREY AWARDED 2011 DONNER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DELIVERY OF SOCIAL SERVICES MEASURED AGAINST 591 OTHER NON-PROFIT APPLICANTS FROM ACROSS CANADA – SAS RECOGNISED AS THE BEST! SERVANTS ANONYMOUS ALSO RECOGNISED AS BEST IN ALL OF CANADA FOR EXCELLENCE IN DELIVERY OF SOCIAL SERVICES IN THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE Ø FIRST TIME EVER DONNER AWARD AWARDED TO A SURREY NON-PROFIT Ø ONLY SECOND TIME IN 14 YEARS THAT A BC CHARITY HAS WON THE DONNER AWARD Ø IN 14 YEARS OF AWARD RECOGNITION – SAS IS THE FIRST CHARITY EVER TO WIN IN ITS FIRST YEAR OF BEING RECOGNISED AS AN AWARD FINALIST! See www.donnerawards.org for detailed information on the Donner Awards and how charities evaluated. Servants Anonymous Society Surrey Staff and Participants thank the donors, volunteers, foundations and local businesses for their ongoing support and belief in the vision of SAS.
SAS has won the Donner Award!
“The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.” --John “the Penguin” Bingham
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." - Martin Luther King
SERVANTS ANONYMOUS SOCIETY, SURREY
2011 DONNER AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN DELIVERY OF SOCIAL SERVICES
MEASURED AGAINST 591 OTHER NON-PROFIT APPLICANTS FROM ACROSS CANADA – SAS RECOGNISED AS THE BEST!
SERVANTS ANONYMOUS ALSO RECOGNISED AS BEST IN ALL OF CANADA
FOR EXCELLENCE IN DELIVERY OF SOCIAL SERVICES
IN THE PREVENTION AND TREATMENT
OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE
Ø FIRST TIME EVER DONNER AWARD AWARDED TO A SURREY NON-PROFIT
Ø ONLY SECOND TIME IN 14 YEARS THAT A BC CHARITY HAS WON THE DONNER AWARD
Ø IN 14 YEARS OF AWARD RECOGNITION – SAS IS THE FIRST CHARITY EVER TO WIN IN ITS FIRST YEAR OF BEING RECOGNISED AS AN AWARD FINALIST!
See www.donnerawards.org for detailed information on the Donner Awards and how charities evaluated.
Servants Anonymous Society Surrey Staff and Participants thank the donors, volunteers, foundations and local businesses for their ongoing support and belief in the vision of SAS.
2010 Press Release
Surrey Paramedic Will Rogers is preparing to start his Million dollar Journey ultra triathlon in support of Servants Annonymous Society across the lower interior of BC. Starting with a 13 mile (22 km) swim from Sturdies Bay to the ferry terminal at Tsawwassen this Saturday, July 3rd. Will should finish his swim at approximately 3:30 pm at the boat ramp on the causeway. On July 17th and 18th he will bike from Victoria to Penticton, finishing at Gyro Park. On August 10th he will begin a 310 mile (500 km) run from Victoria to Penticton, finishing on the 27th of August at the Penticton Trade and Convention Centre.
Will has set the ambitious goal of signing up 10,000 people for the $20 a month for 24 months program. This financial commitment could keep the charity operating indefinitely.
The facts are quite startling; one girl on the streets can cost the social system 40 to 50 thousand dollars a year, and can earn up to $250,000 for her pimp. Money that goes to feed other criminal enterprises and most pimps have more than one girl working for them. The math is simple: SAS turns their lives around for between $12,000 and $13,000 a year, many have, and are going on to normal lives with jobs and even going from homeless to home-owners. Over the course of a lifetime that could add up to a difference of 14 million dollars, and that’s for one girl having her life turned around by SAS.
SAS sees success when a girl spends one night with them, this may not seem like a victory but for that one night she will on average not have to turn 10 tricks. The fact that for that one night, and hopefully many nights and weeks and months and years she will not be making money for a pimp and not spreading sexually transmitted diseases such as hepatitis or HIV conditions that are expensive and can last decades, or a lifetime. Conditions that a customer will not spread to his own family or others . Stopping the passing on of such diseases can save millions of precious healthcare dollars.
A recent UN study showed that last year alone, an estimated 140,000 individuals (women and children) were trafficked into Europe and that this number goes up by 50% each year.
The population of Surrey is approximately 400,000, the lower mainland, 2 million. There is no reason that a goal of 10,000 individuals could not be signed up for $20 a month, after taxes it works out to 33 cents a day. Thirty three cents a day for 2 years to save possibly 14 million dollars for just one life saved by SAS. You can get travel miles on your credit card as well. SAS has 15 girls at present in their program; they could have 150 if they had the resources. When someone makes the decision to change their lives for the better, being put on a waiting list is not a great option.
Please go to willrogers.ca for more info and to download a donation card that can be sent to SAS.
Will is also planning to carry with him a computer chip with the names and pictures and memorial scenes of all military killed in Afghanistan and Police and law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in the last 5 years as well as the 4 Officers killed in Lakewood just outside of Tacoma.
Will Rogers is a 51 year old father of 3 and a grandfather of 5, he has been a Paramedic in the lower mainland since 1987, and is presently station in Cloverdale where he lives.
We are Canadians... We do not throw our children to the wolves... ~ Will Rogers