Each journey starts with a single step – Confucious
We have broken up this European adventure into stages and we are approaching our final stage. A week from today we will have completed (hopefully) Day 1 of our biggest journeys: 800 km of walking!
It is beginning to sink in and we are a wee bit nervous as we have been “travelling” and not really “training” for it. But at the same time, we are pretty excited as we have reached our fundraising target already so anything else we receive now is an added bonus so if you are interested in supporting our charity, please donate here: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/wise-monkeys-abroad
Who are we raising money for?
We are raising money for FAST (Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics Australia). FAST is dedicated to finding a cure for Angelman Syndrome and related disorders through funding research, education, and advocacy.
What are we raising awareness about?
We are raising awareness for a condition called Angelman Sydnrome which David’s older brother has. So this is very close to our hearts! Please read more about Angelman Syndrome here: http://www.cureangelman.org.au/whatisangelman/ and more importantly,
Please help spread the word about Angelman Syndrome.
And so now we count down… day by day …then step by step…. until we complete 800 km!
Wish us luck and thank you to everyone who has shown us their support!
It’s official and now in the open. Le has resigned from her job so we can go travelling for several months! But our bigger news is that we are planning to also embark on the Camino Walk.
To some of our fellow blogger followers who have walked the Camino or are walking the Camino or planning to walk the Camino, you probably already know this news. But what we are revealing for the first time is that we are walking it for charity amongst a few other personal and spiritual (non-religious) reasons!
The walk starts in St Jean Pied de Port in the Pyrenees in France and will end 800 km “down the road” in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Yes, you read it right, we are walking 800 km – it will be over 7 or so weeks.
The Way of St James has only recently been on our radar to do. It began in 2008, when we first heard someone was doing it. It sounded intriguing and sounded like it would be an astounding achievement. Then not long after, we heard of another person doing it and it just sounded too daunting. A few years on, David read “The Pilgrimage” by Paulo Coelho which sparked our interest and before you know it, everyone around us seems to have done it. So last year, we made a pact that we would do this pilgrimage before we turned 40 at it is also on the UNESCO Heritage List. You all know how much we love our UNESCO Heritage List 🙂
After a few highs and lows of the past year, it dawned on us – we needed to do it soon…. So we decided that we would do it in September!
Now to share with you about the charity we have chosen to walk for:
Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics (FAST) Australia
Why these guys?
David’s oldest brother has Angelman Syndrome. And we want to raise not only money for research but also raise awareness about the condition. It really is as simple as that!
So all we ask of our readers and followers is to read up about Angelman Syndrome at the FAST Website: http://www.cureangelman.org.au/ and then do ONE of the following (of course more if you like):
- Share what you have learnt with someone, have a conversation about it,
- Share something about Angelman Syndrome on your social media,
- Share our fundraising page (https://give.everydayhero.com/au/wise-monkeys-abroad) amongst your family and friends
- Support us on the 800 km walk by donating – proceeds go directly to FAST (except for transaction fees taken by the banks),
- Reblog this post or share on your various social media to spread the word of what we are doing, OR
- Encourage us through your comments on our blog, Twitter and/or Facebook as we prepare and face the 800 km.
Thank you in advance for you helping us spread the word and raising money for Angelman Syndrome!
More posts to follow about the Camino itself.