When I found out that Amanda Dennett was supporting women and girls just by walking, I asked her what it was all about and she happily decided to share …
This week I’m participating in CARE Australia’s Walk in Her Shoes challenge. I’m walking 50km between 8 – 14 March to raise money to support women and girls living in poverty.
Each evening after work I set off from Melbourne CBD along the Yarra River for a 7km trek to make up the distance. With a busy week at work in my government social media role, I’ve been very grateful it’s still daylight savings time here! It is difficult to imagine that young girls in developing countries walk 6km or more each day just to collect essentials like clean water and food.
My original fundraising target was $250 – enough to send a girl to school for a year. I was surprised and thrilled that donations had exceeded that target in the first 24 hours!
I’ve decided to set the bar higher, aiming for $1000. CARE Australia says that’s enough funds to help a woman start her own business, which is something that’s close to my own heart. I’ve been working on launching my new company, Ausfem, for the past year. I’m importing a new feminine hygiene product to Australia and will be launching sales later in 2016. I have used a lot of my savings, and the knowledge of family and friends, to help me navigate product negotiations, government regulations and legal issues. So, I understand how important funding and support networks are to help women achieve success and stay motivated in business. It would be wonderful to give a woman in a developing country this same opportunity to carve out her own future.
I’ll be continuing my walk over this long weekend in Melbourne, I’ve got the final 10 kms to do and I’m actually looking forward to it! It’s nice to exercise for a purpose, and I’ve got a couple of friends who are going to keep me company.
If you’d like to sponsor my walk, please visit walkinhershoes and search for Amanda Dennett.
Amanda Dennett is Director at Ausfem, digital strategist and wannabe professional tourist. Amanda is passionate about women’s health, gender equality and sport. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram @mandyintransit.