The first week of August is Homelessness Week. This year, as I have researched the current state of homelessness in Australia I have been struck by 3 themes: The importance of home during COVID-19. Homelessness as a human rights issue. Solutions to homelessness do exist – this is an issue that can be solved in our lifetime. What is homelessness? The people you see sleeping … Continue reading Homelessness Week 2021
This weekend I got out my most colourful leggings and I hiked 12kms for Black Dog Institute – Day One of my virtual Larapinta Trek Challenge. I was meant to be trekking it IRL but the Sydney lockdown happened and the trek has had to be postponed to April 2022. But as the purpose of the trek was to raise awareness and funds for Black … Continue reading Larapinta Trek virtual challenge 2021
Days 6 and 7 of our Cambodia Cycle Challenge were different to the rest of our time here. For one, we didn’t do any cycling! We did, however, connect with our purpose – the reason we all embarked on this fundraising adventure, which was to support the work of IJM and learn more about the issue of modern slavery. We had the incredible opportunity on … Continue reading WK Cambodia 2018 – why we came to Cambodia
We started the 5th day of our Cycle Challenge with mixed feelings – excited to complete the last leg of our ride, but also a bit sad that this part of our trip would be coming to an end. Because although it has been hard work (this final day was particularly challenging!), it has also been incredible. We would miss saying hello each day to … Continue reading WK Cambodia 2018 – 620 steps and the final 50kms!
Day 4 of our Cambodia Cycle Challenge provided the opportunity to spend time in Cambodian homes and local businesses in the Battambang area and gain insight into the daily life of Cambodians in the countryside. For today’s 50km ride we partnered with a local social enterprise, Soksabike, which provides vocational training and job opportunities to local youths. We were joined by 2 knowledgeable student guides … Continue reading WK Cambodia 2018 – rice wine, bamboo sticky rice and floating villages
Our cycling for Day 3 started in Battambang, a small city about a 3 and a half hour bus journey from Siem Reap. It is the second largest city in Cambodia, and yet was off the tourist trail until relatively recently. Our guide, Lot, told us to expect a relatively quiet city, but we discovered on arrival that our trip coincides with the regions celebrations … Continue reading WK Cambodia 2018 – bamboo trains, rickety bridges and a home-cooked dinner
Our second day of cycling in Cambodia was the one that worried us the most in the lead up to our adventure. It’s our longest day – 80kms, and for novice cyclists, which we all are, we knew it was going to be a long, hard day. What we didn’t know, was that it was also going to be pretty damn awesome! We started … Continue reading WK Cambodia 2018 – An epic 80kms!
After months of training and fundraising, today Team W+K started our 5-day Cycle Challenge across Cambodia. We started early (4.45am!) so we could make our way to Angkor Wat to watch the sunrise. It was incredible. An inspiring start to the day! As the crowds of tourists returned to their hotels for breakfast, we took the opportunity to explore Angkor Wat in relative peace. Then … Continue reading WK Cambodia 2018 – Temples, Dirt Tracks & a Stunning Sunrise
Earlier this week I watched the documentary ‘Border Politics’. Julian Burnside, an Australian barrister, traverses the globe to see how other Western countries treat refugees. There are moments that stick with you. Like the realisation that in a few years there will be millions of children who will have grown up with little to no education, who have spent their lives in refugee camps. As … Continue reading Border Politics
Its been almost a week since the W+K team completed the Maasai Mara half marathon and I apologise for the lateness of this report – after the run I headed across to Mt Kenya to complete the second leg of my trifecta of fundraising challenges and I have only just resurfaced. I have mentioned to anyone who would listen that the Maasai Mara half marathon … Continue reading WK Kenya 2016 – Maasai Mara Marathon race report!