So my recent blog posts have been mainly about my journey on route but I wanted to post something a little different today. I wanted to talk about what the cause of this whole walk is all about.
The charity, which you should all know by now is called TWOWEEKS, it is a small not for profit charity which started off by allowing professional medics to go and volunteer abroad for just two weeks. As medics find it difficult to commit to long durations of holiday time TWOWEEKS wanted to cater for this and not disrupt their work time.
The charity has grown rapidly over the last few years and now sends both medics and non medics out to South Africa all year long. Whe volunteering with TWOWEEKS you work closely with the kids, the teachers, schools, clinics to support as best as you can and also to allow you to really be apart of the project. TWOWEEKS sits very close to my heart as I have been out and worked on projects, seen the hard work that everyone puts in and I’ve seen the difference each TWOWEEKS volunteer makes during their time away from home. It is important to understand that when you are donating to my walk you are donating to an amazing and incredible cause and the money really does go to the people.
The amazing women behind this charity put their whole everything into giving kids and their families as much support as they can to get them on the road to living a better life. This is all done out of choice, there is no salary or big promotion for those that run or involve themselves in TWOWEEKS.
Here are a few snaps from the lovely Elly who is out in SA at the moment.
You can donate through my Virgin Giving page here.
oh we have had a lovely couple of days of sunshine and tomorrow they say it is still going to be lovely again. I have ever growing strange tan lines, the sock lines are the most flattering 😉
The middle part of the UK is rather dull not much to differentiate one day from the next lots of sweet country villages and windy roads to navigate round. Very pretty and sweet but not where I would chose to actually live. I am missing London today I must say.
So the last couple of days I walked a variety of some days alone and some with my dad and some afternoons with my mum. It’s all just going very well really. My feet are happy little walker feet. My face is brown and rosy and the tent is now up and back in action! Well the new one. We purchased an Out Well, much better. No offence Vango but your Icaruas tent was pretty shite. We are much happier and I am really growing attached to my little house and roll matts.
All in all a happy, simple few days and really looking forward to having a day off to take photos, not to stop walking of course. I could walk forever… My feet just want to keep going and going. Maybe my next walking adventure will be The Great Wall of China?
I am just about to go to bed safely wrapped up in my sleeping bag. We face the outskirts of Leeds tomorrow as we are currently just East of the main city. Keeping as rural as possible.
Happy Hump Day! X
A slight path alteration through a few fields under and over a few fences across a river. Usual
One of my favourite flowers
The daily feet regime
Just a little update on what’s new with me.
So last night I felt like going for a little walk, as I normally love doing after work. Time to think, chat to friends, get my feet hardened for the real deal (which is happening on 23rd May BTW!). So I started to walk, I walked to Vauxhall.. 3 miles… I walked to Clapham Junction 4.5 miles… I just walked the whole way home back to Putney… 8 miles! Fantastic.
I then decided hmmm… let’s give that another go but in reverse at 6am instead, so I walked from Putney back to work in Central London. Another 8 miles, maybe I should go again tonight?
When I reached the office this morning I had a little nibble on my well awaited Protein Bar, ok so have you ever tried a Protein Bar? It takes like old, cardboard, mixed with off socks. Why on earth must I eat this? I think I will stick to bananas and eggs. Disgusting!
I must say I do feel pretty knackered now from it all sat at my desk. But good knackered, happy, energised, content.
Oh yes and my little deformed toe I hear you asking? Well I have been wearing a toe ring for the past 3 or 4 years and took it off recently, my toe is rather misshapen and painful. The toe ring was actually moulding into my toe, strange how the body adapts to funny bits of decorative metal.
well that is my last few day recap, it is now only a few weeks until I go. I cannot believe it has come around so quickly. I am happy inside my soul. Beautifully happy and content with my life right at this moment in time. I have been waiting a long time to say this.
Thank you Mother Earth x
So today, I woke up and checked my phone, as a usual morning starts for me. Checked my emails… ‘You have a new donation’ Fantastic, but even MORE fantastic… £500! A £500 donation! I couldn’t believe my eyes. A huge thank you to ‘Anonymous’ for their kindest and support, this money is going to be well used by TWOWEEKS.
Options for where my walk money might go to.
I had a discussion with one of the trustees from TWOWEEKS about where some of the money is going to go to once I have completed the walk. Here was our brainstorm.
- To build a permanent base in South Africa for the TWOWEEKS team to have a secure home when they come and go.
- Supplies both in South Africa and England (medical, stationary to send to the kids, clothing, shoes etc.)
- Manikins to use to teach basic medical training to house mums, kids and staff out in SA.
- Room hire for Intro meetings
These are just a few of the ideas we discussed, I will of course update you all on what we actually do spend the money on. Very exciting.
Happy Bank holidays all x
Happy Earth Day everyone!
Go forth and plant a tree, kiss the ground and be at one with nature for Mother Earth is the reason we humans are able to live and breathe. She has lent us her planet so we should respect what we have been given. No fighting now please!
Take it all in, and you might just discover a place you never knew you could reach. 😉
The early morning hours are so quiet. There’s space to breathe, reflect, meditate, read, write. If you’re like me, and you want to make an early start but you just can’t, then here are 5 tips:
- Wake up a little bit earlier everyday until you get to your goal wake up time.
- Think, “I am a morning person. I love waking up early.”
- Put your alarm out of reach, so you have to get up to turn it off.
- Motivate yourself with an inspiring reason to rise early.
5. Go to bed early!
Thank you Inner Space.
Yesterday the realisation kicked in. I will not be going to Glastonbury festival this year.
I never thought I would say those words.
It pains me! It is the highlight of my year, everything about Glastonbury is magical, creative and it is made for me! … but this year I will be walking the walk so it is ok for me to miss it. It is for a good cause and it will be a once in a life time walk that I probably will never take again. So I can justify missing Glasto for one year.
But next year, now that is a different story….
A HUGE thank you to Sophie for her donation ALL the way from India! What a woman!
We are now on:
I am proud of you all
Happy Mondays x
I went to an incredibly inspiring talk held by the lovely Paula Reid last night.
Paula skied the Full Distance from the Coast of Antarctica to the South Pole, taking 46 days.
The way she spoke about her pre trip planning, the actual adventure and the after was very calm and collected, she knew exactly what was needed to the T. She spoke in a way which showed me she was a very sure woman. She is sure of herself achieving this incredible distance had reinforced every element. I don’t think one could take up this challenge without being fully aware of themselves and being at one.
I really need to take some of this energy and push it into my walk, I will be alone for most of this and loneliness can eat at your soul causing you to want to quit. I need an empty, clear mind to be able to focus each day and take the steps all the way to the end.
Thank you Paula, I look forward to hearing of you next challenge! See Paula’s website here.