Adventurer of the Month – Laura McDonald

Cause: National Breast Cancer Foundation
Adventure: Steps Towards A Cure 2016
Social: @parislaura

As our Adventurer of the Month, Laura 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.

I conquered it #greatwallofchina #stepstowardsacure

A photo posted by ♡♡ Laura Mc ♡♡ (@parislaura) on

What inspired you to take on your Inspired Adventure with NBCF?

I have always fundraised for the NBCF in the past, holding biggest breakfast events during October each year and attending other events.  I attend these events in honour of all the survivors of breast cancer and those who have not been so fortunate.  As women, we need to look after each other and do what we can to find much needed cures and less invasive medical procedures for those diagnosed.

What were some of the highlights of your fundraising experience?

A huge highlight for me was how my friends and family rallied around me to support and encourage me to raise my funds.  I held a number of small events, but believe it or not my biggest fundraising success was selling chocolates and snacks.  I set up a ‘tuck shop’ at my work where I sold cans of drink, packets of chips and chocolates.  From just chocolates alone I raised about $2,000! I luckily had the support of the people I work with to keep them supplied with sugary treats.

What was your biggest challenge in taking on an Inspired Adventure? How did you overcome this?

When I signed up to trek the Great Wall of China, my biggest challenge was that I was not fit enough to take on such an adventure.  So ten months before the trek, I changed my lifestyle completely, began eating healthy and increased my exercise.  I started seeing a personal trainer who worked on building up my strength in both legs and upper body.  I would walk up and down 17 flights of stairs every day at work just to build my muscle tone. On the trek in China, it was hard physically, but my determination saw me complete all 5 days on the wall.

"As women, we need to look after each other and do what we can to find much-needed cures and less invasive medical procedures for those diagnosed [with breast cancer]."

Have you noticed any changes or transformation in your life since taking on your adventure?

I have realised that if I can manage to trek The Great Wall of China for 5 days, then I can do anything!

Looking down and contemplating a long journey! #greatwallofchina #stepstowardsacure #stepsforacure #IveBeenInspired #teamB2016

A photo posted by ♡♡ Laura Mc ♡♡ (@parislaura) on

What was the best part of your adventure?

I met some amazing and inspiring people in China, everyone was willing to help out and everyone got along together.  Our tour guides and Inspired Adventure’s Team Leaders also kept the team together and kept everyone motivated. Oh, can I also mention that The Great Wall of China was a pretty damn impressive thing to see? I liked that I got to see sections of the wall that the every day tourists would not normally bother to go and see.

What advice would you offer to other people looking to complete a challenge like this?

No matter how fit you are, keep pushing yourself to do better before you go. The fitter you are, the more fun you will have on the adventure.

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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!