Cause: White Ribbon Australia
Adventure: Trek for Respect 2017
As our Adventurer of the Month, Karen has scored herself a $100 Paddy Pallin voucher! To be our next month’s winner, make sure you’re uploading your journey to social and use the hashtag #IveBeenInspired.
What inspired you to take on your Inspired Adventure with White Ribbon?
To be part of an active movement to stop violence against women. Having witnessed it in my childhood home I know all too well the physical and emotional impacts it has on family and community. Whilst silence and isolation enables it to flourish, it’s ignorance that paves the way for its persistence. In 2015, a few months before my mother passed away, peacefully in her sleep, she asked me “Karen, please tell my story”. It was the first time she had asked me to do so. I said yes, but had no idea how I would ever be able to share it without a box of tissues permanently plastered to my face.
How are you feeling about the challenge ahead? Have you ever been on the Larapinta Trail before?
I feel nervous and excited at the same time. I’ve never done a 5-day trek nor have I been to the Larapinta. I did, however, spend a few days in Uluru about 6 years ago and the connection to the land I felt then, seems to be calling me back. I look forward to meeting others with the same purpose and sharing our experience. I am a designer and lately have been spending long hours creating on my own, so walking as part of a group is a welcome change from my daily routine.
What have been some of the highlights of your fundraising experience so far?
The best support comes from the people one least expects. My anonymous donors were the most generous.
What have been your biggest challenges in taking on an Inspired Adventure? How did you overcome this?
Long hours of training was my biggest challenge, it’s very boring and not very child or family friendly. So I have learned variety is the key and incorporating it with family activities means I am around doing the parenting stuff too. I walk the dog more often. I exercise on my elliptical machine at home and listen to Netflix, Audible books, and podcasts, in addition to my go-go playlist where I bounce to Beyonce and giggle with GAGA. On the weekends I go for long walks on the Spit to Manly trail and seek out those less traveled pathways.
Have you noticed any changes or transformation in your life since taking on your first adventure?
Yes, two hours of exercises feels like 20 minutes, and I have to work a lot harder to get puffed out. I feel stronger and noticed that exercise lifts the mood. My body actually craves it now. By actively supporting White ribbon I’ve connected with people who genuinely want to make our communities safer without bias or prejudice. I call these people my tribe.
What are you most looking forward to about your upcoming adventure?
Connection with others, communities and learning how I can make a difference. I also look forward to taking lots of photos of the Larapinta trail, especially the people that are walking it with me.
What advice would you offer to other people looking to complete a challenge like this?
When you are supporting a cause that speaks to your heart, committing to a challenge pushes you out of your comfort zone into a connected zone. I believe it’s in this connected zone, that we can be more effective in making changes last, and it’s more fun in numbers.
"I have realised that today is all that matters. There are 86,400 seconds in a day. How you use those seconds are critical."
Become our Adventurer of the Month to win a $100 Paddy Pallin voucher
Take a picture whilst on your adventure or when you’re training and use the hashtag #IveBeenInspired and your adventure hashtag. The most exciting use of the hashtag, with an adventure, and fitness focus will be our Adventurer of the Month – it’s that easy!
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