It all began with me saying, “No chocolate cake; please do not feed the Birthday Bear!” (No, today’s not my birthday – it’s coming up soon, but it’s not today.) Much as I LOVE that Costco Chocolate layer cake, I am even more serious about shedding some pounds before my self-imposed deadline for buying a mother-of-the-bride dress. And having just had very minor surgery on both feet, the walking has, of necessity, been temporarily curtailed. Like, for another week or two.
Then, while rationalizing that Nutella is neither cake nor icing, I saw CARE’s “Walk In Her Shoes” fundraising campaign, challenging and inspiring us to do what we all ought to be doing, anyway – walking 10,000 steps a day, between March 8-14, “in solidarity with the journey taken each day by women and girls around the world.”
So this is what I’d like from all of you: Join my team, walk with me, donate, and help spread the word. Any or all of the above! I’ve set a very reasonable goal of $1500. If we blow past that, I won’t cry – look what $2,250 could do! But let’s work together to get to that. Here’s an example of what our donations can provide to women, girls, and the communities in which they live:
Read this great article on why educating girls is key to reducing poverty. But it’s hard to get an education when you have to work so hard, just to help the family make ends meet. Maybe reducing the trek to haul water or get to work can help free up some time for learning. It’s a start.
I’m grateful to have two healthy feet, a good pair of shoes, and the ability to walk 10,000 steps a day because I want to – and because it will improve my health. A few steps across the room is all it takes for me to get clean, running water (filtered and chilled, too!). I have a car to drive the four miles to work – talk about the good life! So I don’t need much for my birthday; but would love to help pay it forward, and I’d be honored to have you join me.