These days, walking just seems to be a way of getting from one place to another or an attempt at a healthier lifestyle. But what if your steps could help those in need?
This March you can make a huge difference to women and girls in developing countries; those who walk around 6km a day for food, water and firewood. CARE's 'Walk In Her Shoes' challenge is your chance to raise funds to help provide food, water, health, education and income for a brighter future for individuals, families and communities.
All you need to do is walk 10,000 steps a day for a week, from Monday 12th March to Sunday 18th March. CARE will even send you a pedometer to help you keep track of your steps. Even better, if you raise $200 by 29th February you receive a 'Walk In Her Shoes' t-shirt to wear during your walk – a great way to raise even more awareness.
As with similar walking events, you simply register and create a fundraising page. Yes, there is a registration fee but it's a low cost of only $15 and it's all in the name of charity, after all. Then pick a fundraising target and start spreading the word.
Tips Sign up with a friend or two. Not only does it increase excitement but it will also increase your chances of raising more funds. The more, the merrier. Can't seem to find the time to spare? Simply adjust your daily routine slightly, after all, it's only one week – wake up half an hour earlier, spend your lunch breaks on the go, get off a stop earlier, walk to the shops instead of driving... only you can limit yourself. If you don't already walk or exercise regularly, think of this as a selfless way to kickstart your fitness regime. Or if your new year's fitness resolution is starting to die down, what better way to ramp it up again?
Treat the pooch to a longer walk by taking him/her along. Not only will you help those in need, but your best friend will love you more, as well. Walking doesn't have to be boring – bring along some of your favourite music, podcasts, audiobook, or even just chat to a friend on your phone. Why not bring a camera along and document your walks to share with your supporters?
"Help 1 woman out of poverty and she'll bring 4 people with her … Put simply, educating women and girls provides the single highest return on investment in the developing world." – CARE