My Activity Tracking
My target 30kms
These boots are made for walking
These boots are made for walking, and that's just what they'll do....
Preparation continues, anticipation is growing. Final gear check is happening. I love the momentum occurring in these last few days before event day.
My sister - my hero!
My childhood was fantastic! Growing up in an average middle class home where my parents showcased the importance of love, hope, family and resilience anchored to our Christian beliefs. I could not ask for more! Our family was not immune to life's challenges and, at times had it tough, but during those times my parents showed me that in life you face any situation and navigate through it.
So, really, depression was a foreign concept to me. I simply did not understand it.
No family is however immune to it, as many refer and know as the black dog.
My sister was diagnosed with major depressive disorder or clinical depression about 12 years ago and it has been a tough journey to date.
She is the bravest and most enduring person I know and through her journey have taught me about empathy, vulnerability and gratitude.
Because of her, I am taking on this challenge to fundraise for Beyond Blue and the amazing work they do to support individuals and families with anxiety and depression
Mental challenge overcomed - bring on event day!
Yesterday, 9 August 2020, was mental challenge day! The big 20km walk. Motivation, laughs and healthy teasing between the team members made us finish the 20km strongly (well, within our standards). 4 hours, breaks included and a healthy 780m elevation gain!
We are so fortunate to live on the doorstep of Brisbane Forest Park (Southern part of the D'Aguilar National Park). In the lead up to event day, we are exploring different routes within the park and it is interesting to work out how each of the different paths interconnect with each other. But - for some reason we always find ourselves passing the same water tank. Now officially referred to as the beacon. A warning for the hills still to come, and a celebration on our return.
I'm so fortunate to experience all of this with my fellow White Dogs!.
Bring on event day!
Excitement is building - rain or shine!
I am totally overwhelmed with the generosity of so many people joining and partnering with me on this journey. From my fellow White Dogs (Sarah, Annette and Kim) with their commitment and time investment in training, to my husband and kids supporting me, individuals that reach out to talk and motivate, and off course my wonderful sponsors. Thank you to each of you!
Saturday morning 25 July, at 6:30am we took off on our longest walk yet - 16km and not even rain could stop us! Fellowship, sisterhood, humour and tears were all part of our walk that morning. Mother nature showered us with rain - and off course with her beauty to inspire us even more. Excitement is building!
I’m taking on Brisbane Coastrek!
On Friday 4 September, I'll be taking part in the virtual Brisbane Coastrek, the ultimate team trekking and fundraising challenge, proudly supporting Beyond Blue.
Did you know that three million people in Australia are living with anxiety and depression?
Every donation helps and makes a significant impact to mental health and wellbeing in Australia, so thank you for your generosity.
Thank you to my Sponsors
Celia De Kock