It’s not quite a thousand miles (at least I don’t think it is…?!!) but today, in a very spur-of-the-moment moment, I signed myself up for a four day, 15-17 hour, ‘challenging’, charity trek through the Sahara Desert at the start of November.
I have to thank the Young Women’s Trust’s social media team, whose tweet announcing their new partnership with Global Adventure Challenges, I happened to open straight up rushing between meetings.
So being a slightly impulsive mood, I jumped straight in! Plus volunteering / helping a charity was one of the top ‘self-care’ tips in yesterday’s Women’s Health spread so perhaps the other push to take the plunge was already there in my subconscious.
This is my first trek and my first real fundraising adventure, but it’s something I’ve been musing over trying for a while. 2018 is proving to be a bit of a ‘throw everything at the wall, try new things and see what sticks’ year but now I’ve committed this one is definitely not coming off, or coming off, depending on your point of view.
I’m fortunate enough to be a trustee of YWT and to have seen first hand the life-changing work they do for disadvantaged young women trapped in low or no pay. I’m an especially big advocate for the free Work It Out Coaching Service which gives young women flexible access to professional coaches, just like many of us are fortunate enough to get in our workplace. Find out more about their work, and the stories of the young women we help on their site here. According to my trusty Fitbit, I’m currently averaging close to 15k steps a day but my training prep will need to ramp up considerably (and if anyone has any tips on how to replicate the climate over in the UK I’m all ears!)
My fundraising goal is £1,820 so that’s a whole other mountain to climb but I can’t wait to begin.
Obligatory Just Giving page set up if you fancy supporting me and a whole lot of very deserving, and often forgotten, amazingly special young women. Any donation, no matter how big or small, is deeply appreciated.