March 8 was International Women’s Day, a worldwide, UN recognised event that celebrates the economic, political and social achievements of women in the past, present and future.
To mark the occasion, we had individuals all over the world making a move towards empowering the untapped potential of women.
In an effort to provide two villages in the Philippines with a new start, team #TrekToEndPoverty, raised a whopping $77,000 for microfinance projects in the area. These funds have provided 50 women with the training they need to build their businesses and change their lives through Good Return programs.
Just across the South China Sea, a team of 24 adventurers cycled 400 kilometres, from the streets of Vietnam’s Saigon to Cambodia’s Siem Reap, on Plan International Australia’s Cycle for Girls 2014. Having raised over $122,000, the team travelled to rural villages to see how their funds have helped to give young girls in the area the opportunity to gain an education and empower the world around them.
The Mater Research Cycle for Cancer team also used their pedal power to raise funds and awareness into world-class research for women affected by common cancers.
Aside from our teams on the ground contributing to huge progress in empowering women through economics, education and health, we had another cause for celebration this International Women’s Day. In 2014, the always courageous and adventurous friend of the Inspired team, Turia Pitt, was crowned NSW Woman of The Year. In 2011, Turia suffered burns to sixty percent of her body as a result of a scrub fire that broke out when she was competing in an ultra-marathon race in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Just a few years on, Turia has accomplished many things, including heading a group of individuals on Turia’s Great Wall Challenge to raise money for Interplast, for which she is an ambassador.
Here at Inspired Adventures HQ, we’ve been inspired by many women in the world and our lives, and chose this occasion to give thanks to the kindness, warmth and strength of these inspirational individuals.
Freye Lowery – Copywriter
#IveBeenInspired by my mum and sister. I know it sounds cliche, but I really do believe that everything that is good about me is because I had these two strong women guiding me. My mum was a teacher and a librarian. She taught me the importance of a good education and the simple perfection of a good book. My sister taught me to stand up for myself and to always respect the choices of others.
Jet Van Batenburg – Fundraising Coordinator
#IveBeenInspired by my mum. She has been brave enough to do a complete career switch—twice. She changed from nursing to sales at 54 and now she is switching careers again at 59! She inspires me to always do what makes me happy, and that you should never feel stuck in something like a career, just because it’s easy or you’re used to it.
Katie Camerena – Communications Manager
#IveBeenInspired by the women who fight hard for democracy, women’s rights and who passionately advocate on behalf of the vulnerable populations living along the Thai-Burma border—refugees, migrant workers, displaced persons, women and children. Dr. Cynthia Maung (Mae Tao Clinic) embodies the hope of a peaceful future for the people of Karen State (and Burma as a whole). Naw K’nyaw Paw Nimrod is a women’s rights activist and was elected General Secretary of the Karen Women’s Organisation in 2013. Her leadership in the struggle for women’s rights and equality is empowering other women in her community. It’s an honour to have worked alongside both these women.
Kimberly Kay – Senior Fundraising Coordinator
#IveBeenInspired by my grandmother, “Nonna”. She lived through both world wars, was permanently displaced from her homeland, and brought her young family here by boat to build a happy home. At 96, she still had the youngest heart and warmest giggle I’ve ever been around. She is my moral compass, leading me towards living a good life and forever guiding me towards my truth.
Rachael Lord – Campaign Manager, from the ground in Cambodia
#IveBeenInspired by past, present and future feminists. I dedicate the 320 kilometres I have ridden so far to all the girls and women who suffer from domestic violence, abuse, sexual assault, rape, discrimination and gender inequality at school, in the home and at work. We need feminism to keep fighting for equality, fair treatment, respect and dignity for all human beings—men, women, boys and girls.
Dan Haddon – Marketing Coordinator
#IveBeenInspired by my sister. When she was younger, she got into some bad circles, losing her path and ambition. In her early 20s, she turned a new leaf and started working hard at what she’s good at. With a tenacious attitude, she started her career and soon after built her own business. Now, with a kicked-back lifestyle living on the Cornish coast in the UK with a gorgeous family, she is one amazing mother to her beautiful daughter, my 8-month old niece, who is just too cute. She works hard, she mothers, she surfs, she horse rides, she housewives, she’s loved by many, she oozes inspiration and I’m proud to call her my sister!
Emily Cole – Campaign Manager
#IveBeenInspired by my mum. When I was growing up she made a lot of sacrifices for myself and my brother. She was always there for me, working hard as a single parent and giving us the best she could. My mum always said that no matter what I did she would be proud, so long as I was happy. I hope that one day, I can be as good a mother as my mum is to me. If I can achieve that, I will be very proud.
If you are also passionate about changing the world, one woman at a time, take a look at our upcoming adventures. Why not discover an exciting new destination, make new friends and raise money for women-focused causes and projects around the world?
- Share your #IveBeenInspired stories with us on Instagram | Twitter
- Take a look at Good Return’s Trek to End Poverty adventure
- Read more about the Plan Cycle for Girls 2014
- Learn more about Turia Pitt’s inspiring story