Yesterday was day 1 of the Walk in Her Shoes challenge with CARE Australia. I wish I could say I felt good about walking for charity – pumped and ready to go. Instead, I woke up thinking, ‘why, oh why did I say yes to this? I don’t have time for this and not many others seems to care about it either’ (although BIG BIG thank you to those who have already sponsored me!!). However, in my first walk I had some time to think (10km – 1.5hours) about my attitude and I want to share those thoughts with you.
I am rich and most likely, you are too, because even if you only receive centrelink payments weekly, you are still in the top 10% of the world’s wealthiest. That is CRA-zy. We couldn’t comprehend the reality of being forced to give birth mid way into a 6 hour walk down dangerous muddy clay to get to medical help for the birth. Yes, that’s right, there are women like Jenny in Papua New Guinea who give birth in the middle of nowhere, in the mud because they couldn’t reach the hospital in time.
Fair to say I felt sick at that thought, especially juxta-positioned against my selfishness in not wanting to walk to help them by taking the walking challenge or give as much money as I probably could. I was also disappointed at my lack of faith in my readers and other generous friends. I hate to ask people for money but I knew that once you heard Jenny’s story, you too likely would feel the same.
YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD
If you haven’t sponsored me yet, please make the time now, and sponsor me here. A BIG thank you to those who have sponsored me so far! I’m 42% of the way towards reaching my goal of $1500. Thank you to those who have brought me this far – you are a wonderful blessing to me and women in poverty. Will you please help get me there?
2. SET YOUR OWN WALKING CHALLENGE & JOIN THE EPW TEAM
It’s not too late to join my team and set up your own walking challenge. You can walk 25km, 50km, 100km or do it freestyle (choose your own distance).
DAY 2 UPDATE: Walked 7km, ran 7km. Tired but more motivated & better attitude!! Needed more food for fuel – was thankful for brown rice tonight!