As our Fundraiser of the Month, Leone has scored herself a $50 donation to her fundraising page. 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 first Inspired Adventure for UN Women?
I’ve always been a strong advocate for women’s rights and equality and for a long time I’ve wanted to do a cycle trip in Vietnam. As if by magic this trip turned up in my Facebook feed and I felt ‘inspired’ to take it on.
How are you feeling about the challenge ahead?
Excited and nervous that I’ve done enough training.
"Start your fundraising as soon as you can..."
Have you ever been to Vietnam before?
No, however everyone I speak to that has gone only has good things to say about the place and the people, so I can’t wait to get there.
What have been some of the highlights of your fundraising experience so far?
I’m a talker, so I got people to bet on whether I could stay silent for an hour. Toughest $500 I’ve ever made!!! The generosity of people has been amazing and having people interested in how the fundraising and training is going has been very encouraging.
What have been your biggest challenges in taking on an Inspired Adventure? How did you overcome this?
Hill climbs. My cycling up hills is rubbish!! To overcome it: practice, practice, practice! Finding some like-minded (and much fitter) friends who will help me. I’ve also found the fundraising very time consuming. Having a number of activities running simultaneously can get you a bit frazzled.
Have you noticed any changes or transformation in your life since taking on your first adventure?
I’ve embraced hashtags #justdontletthemlookrude
"Make an ambitious training plan!"
What are you most looking forward to about your upcoming adventure?
Nailing the Hai Van Pass – or at least not crying when it gets really tough! Plus seeing the programs that UN Women are implementing in-situ and the difference they are making to the lives of women and girls. And of course meeting my Inspired team mates and doing this trip together.
What advice would you offer to other people looking to complete a challenge like this?
- Start your fundraising as soon as you can. Remember that nothing much gets done in Australia between Melbourne Cup Day and Australia Day, so plan around it
- Promote, promote, promote! You might feel like you are badgering people but some people will still miss all you send
- Ask for help. People will help if asked but you’ll have to be specific.
- Make an ambitious training plan so you’ve got some flexibility when life gets in the way.
Become our Fundraiser of the Month to win a $50 donation to your fundraising page!
Take a picture whilst fundraising for your adventure and use the hashtag #IveBeenInspired and your adventure hashtag. The most exciting use of the hashtag, with a fundraising focus will be our Fundraiser of the Month – it’s that easy!
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