Time to get real!
This project of mine is all about educating girls and I know that it CAN be done. I know because not so long ago my spirited 10 year old daughter showed me how.
At the end of 2016 just prior to setting off on our adventure, Zoë (said daughter) and I sat in the audience of a presentation from Morgan Koegal, CEO of One Girl Australia at the Travel Play Live/She Went Wild Expo and she said,
‘when something feels wrong in your gut – do something about it’.
And that’s exactly what Zoë did. Together with a few friends in a concentrated two-week school raffle with ethical and sustainable prizes she raised enough money for One Girl to educate 8 girls for a year.
One Girl works in both Sierra Leone and Uganda, two of the most challenging places on earth to be born a girl.
For girls born in these countries – Education changes everything.
- A girl’s income increases by 10-25% for every extra year of education.
- She’ll get married later and have a smaller, healthier family when she’s ready.
- Her health, economic status, and future family all benefit.
- Educated mothers are more than twice as likely to educate their children.
Same chance I want for Zoë.
My mum asked me last year what we were doing to make sure those girls would be educated again this year.
This mum. This is what I’m doing (side note, my mum, 72 and hikes like a mountain goat):
I’m hiking 769kms of The Camino Frances for mothers in Africa, who, like me want their girls to have a chance in life.
But I do need help … in these kinds of ways:
I’m not yet actively fundraising. I’m still getting the foundations in order, but, some pretty amazing hikey type chicks have already kicked us off and we’ve already educated ONE girl (I know – AWESOME) so…
If you’re inclined, looking for an Australian tax refundable contribution or you’ve got cash burning a hole in your pocket, or know someone who does – you can donate here:
But that’s just one way, please read on…
2. Get your hike or challenge on – Commit
It’s beyond cool doing good stuff for yourself but try doing it for girls who need your help … ALL kinds of WONDERFUL.
You can create a fundraiser page here. Join the Women Who Hike team and get your trail shoes ON! You can hike anyway you want – set your own challenge:
- Walk to work once a week
- Get off the bus, train, tram a stop early
- Do the stairs or the park at lunch-time
- Meet a friend, do it with your kids, family, colleagues, on your own
- Man I wish I could make a commitment to walk with my mum, that would be a lovely use of time (she lives in Aussie though, soz mum)
- Give up coffee/wine for a week/month – for One Girl
- Rope your workmates in
- Or be like me – plan an epic adventure that works for you
What-evs friends – get creative! Why not? Creativity can look like all of those things and so much more.
Not all of us have spare $ but we all have spare kindness! Say G’day, share the One Girl Story if you like the idea of what I’m doing.
Follow One Girl– be inspired by what they do.
Go for a walk tag it #hikeforonegirl. I’ll find you there and walking in the outdoors you’ll find yourself there too!
See ☝🏼 I found you! I know you care and I know you’re in the outdoors and that friends – keeps it all real.
4. Consume Consciously
Get your sanitary products from Tsuno – from Roz, the creator of a better humble pad and tampon. Better for us and better for our planet.
Tsuno pads are made from sustainable, natural bamboo fibre and corn starch. They are super soft, super absorbent, ultra thin and free from chlorine.
Their new range of tampons are made from 100% certified organic cotton and are chlorine and dioxin bleach free.
AND … the boxes are sooooo pretty don’t you think?
How’s this? Tsuno are so passionate about gender equality that half of their profits are donated to charities; empowering women (and girls) living in poverty.
BIG supporters of One Girl’s commitment to educating girls.
That’s WINNING on so many levels friends.
Give meaningful ones. CHECK.this.out!
6. Pledge your birthday – I DARE ya! I’m doing it this year.
Birthdays. We all have them. They come around every year and with it, the inevitable question, “What do you want for your birthday?”
That’s a start.
What do you think? What else? Any other ideas for me?
Check in for my diary updates – Camino 2018 One Girl Project.
I’ve added a thank you page for the champions of this story here.
Support crews are everything. A few more opportunities for corporate sponsorship.
Sponsors of The Camino Frances 2018 (769km) – Trek for One Girl: