When this year first started I thought about what brings me true joy and one of the first things that came up was helping others. This is a pretty normal reaction because we tend to feel elevated whenever we are able to help others – be it with our time, skills or money. Actually, when I feel low I’ve learned to automatically switch gears in my mind and think about something that I could do for someone else and immediately feel a sense of relief. This is an effective technique because we can get stuck in our own internal bubble of thought and thinking this way allows us to widen our perspective. Usually, whatever was worrying me or bringing me sadness, seems pale in comparison to the bigger picture.
And so I decided to try and do something BIG for a good cause this year. After much research, a particular event called out to me and I felt drawn to join in. I’m so excited to announce that I will be going on a two-week trek across the terrain of the island of Madagascar in Africa in support of the charity WaterAid this November! The journey will include a summit of the island's highest accessible mountain peak (Pic Boby at 2658 meters) and will cover about 70km of ground in total. It will be challenging, but an adventure of a lifetime and I'm so glad I’ll be able to raise funds for such an important cause along the way.
Because 663 million people don’t have access to safe water. Without this basic service, they have no choice but to drink dirty water that could kill them. Can you imagine life without safe water to drink? For millions of people it's a daily reality. Clean drinking water, proper toilets and good hygiene are essential, yet millions don’t have access to these basic services. By supporting them, you are helping WaterAid end this crisis for everyone, everywhere by 2030.
Madagascar has a very pressing need for urgent work to improve people’s access to water and toilets. Only half the population of 24 million has access to safe water and only one in ten people have access to sanitation; 90% of the population live below the poverty line on less than two US dollars per day and diarrhea caused by dirty water and poor sanitation is the second biggest child killer. Each year 2,100 children die before they reach the age of five.
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I have seven months to raise £4000 and would like to ask that you please consider sponsoring me. Any amount that you could spare would be greatly appreciated by me as well as the charity. As part of the trip I will also be visiting a site where WaterAid are working with local communities and see firsthand the difference the donations are making; I intend to document and share this all with everyone who supports me.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, I can’t wait to share the rest of this journey soon!