We held our annual Women Walking to Grow hike again this year, a collaborative event with peopleCare Communities. The event started in 2017 when Elaine Shantz and I trekked the entire Bruce trail to raise money for women in Ghana with MEDA’s GROW Project. Teams from various organizations joined us for the last 100km. The team trek turned out to be a highly active conference of people from all walks of senior living, health care, business, global non-profit organizations, and those whose lives are made more meaningful by supporting causes beyond themselves. These teams wanted to see the trek be an annual event. How humbling and encouraging to see that happen and the numbers involved grow each year.
The teams accomplished another 100 KM of the Bruce Trail this summer – the Iroquoia Section. The trail is rugged without the impacts of Mother Nature. Extreme heat and thunderstorms added to the challenge this year. We persevered and accomplished our goal. Our bigger purpose of raising funds for women and girls in North Eastern Nigeria to support women entrepreneurship and stop early and forced child marriages kept us moving forward. MEDA’s Nigeria Way works to build sustainable business that changes these women’s life trajectory.
Great discussions were had on the trail; there were moments of pause and contemplation; lots of focus on one foot ahead of the other; and times of celebrating Ontario’s beauty. This year’s trek has raised more than $100,000, and Global Affairs Canada matched seven times that amount. Visit Beyond Ourselves: Commitment to Social Responsibility for more information.
It was a truly incredible privilege to take these steps of significance and help make a meaningful difference in our lives and the lives of others. We look forward to continue to our Trek in 2020 – we hope to see you there!