Amy Lonergan and Lynsey Brown

Cause: Crohn’s & Colitis
Adventure: CCA’s El Camino Trek 2018
Lynsey’s fundraising page
Amy’s fundraising page

As our Fundraisers of the Month, Amy and Lynsey have scored a $50 donation to their fundraising page. To be our next month’s winner, make sure you’re uploading your journey to social and use the hashtag #IveBeenInspired.

What motivated you to take on your Inspired Adventure?

Amy: I was inspired to fundraise for the organisation that supported me through some challenging times, living with a chronic illness. I finally felt ready to shift focus, to think beyond myself, and tackle new challenges by way of fundraising and trekking!

Lynsey: When I was first diagnosed with Crohn’s disease I had never heard of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and I didn’t know anyone who had experience with it. Crohn’s and Colitis Australia (CCA) offered valuable resources at a time when I craved information. They presented the chance to attend a local support group that provided education and camaraderie from others with similar experiences (including my fellow Spanish Trekmate Amy). Participating in this epic journey across the Spanish countryside promises not only to be a personal challenge but an incredible opportunity to raise awareness and funds for the fantastic work of CCA.

How are you feeling about the challenge ahead? Have you ever been to Spain before?

Amy: Truthfully I do feel apprehensive about the challenge ahead, but it is impossible to not also feel very excited. I have been fortunate to travel much of Europe and surrounds, but Spain remains on my bucket list… not for long!

Lynsey: I am very excited for the challenge ahead! I have been to parts of Europe previously and loved the history, the architecture, the scenery and the opportunity to explore countries that are so different to Australia. I have never been to Spain but I have heard amazing stories about its beauty and culture and I can’t wait to experience it.

What have been some of the highlights of your Inspired journey so far?

Amy: It has been a very steep learning curve but this leads to realizing what can be achieved when you put your mind to it.

Lynsey: I have been truly amazed by the generosity of my family, friends and the community throughout my Inspired journey. Some of my favourite moments have been when I have shared my story and others have told me of their experience with IBD and how much they respect what we are doing. I just hope that we can do them all proud on the Camino!

I have also developed a love for trekking through my training walks, which I didn’t anticipate – it is a beautiful way to see and experience a place and has helped me to discover hidden gems locally as I explore Adelaide’s walking trails.

Do you have any tips for other people currently fundraising for their Inspired Adventure?

Amy: Bring people along for the journey. More heads are better than one and inspiration is catching!

Lynsey: Work in a team, where possible – Amy and I have been fundraising together and it is great to have someone to cook on the barbie with, to share the load and exchange ideas – plus it doubles your pool of people to invite to events! Draw on your network for ideas and support. And don’t be afraid to ask for help 🙂

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

Amy: It has taught me a lot about community spirits and the importance of sharing – time, money, support, ideas, etc. I hope this lesson continues to inspire me long after the trip itself.

Lynsey: Before taking on this adventure I had only told a few people that I had Crohn’s disease – not that it was a secret but it wasn’t something that came up in conversation very often. Getting involved with the CCA El Camino Trek has meant more conversations about my experience. I found it challenging at first but I am learning to speak up and stand up for the 1 in 250 Australians who have IBD.

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

Amy: It is not easy, but it is worth it. (And get started as early as possible!)

Lynsey: There is a lot to learn – about fundraising, about trekking, about yourself – but it is absolutely worth it. My advice is to say yes to an adventure you will never forget!

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