Nicole | Personal | Machu Picchu, Peru | 11th July 2013
So late last week, I came across an opportunity to do something a little spontaneous, amazing, adventurous that would certainly tick an item off my 30 by 30 list. I decided to hike to Machu Picchu in Peru in September to raise funds for Youngcare Australia. I know crazy, right?! I have given myself just over 50 days to train, prepare, organise and raise $8000 for this amazing charity!! So I will be heading to Peru from the 5th to 15th September. I can’t wait!!!
So how did this all come about?? Well I was checking out Facebook (as you do) last week and I came across a story about one of the fellow trekkers from Brisbane who had started training and that there was still a few spaces available if we wanted to join the team. On a whim, I decided to email Amy from Youngcare asking if there were any spots available and what was involved. So I did, and the next morning I received an email back saying that there was one spot left and was mine if I wanted it. So I thought about it, asked a couple of close friends, threw caution to the wind and said YES!! Why not accept the challenge to raise funds for this amazing charity while hiking to one of the most spectacular places on Earth. 2013 is all about seizing opportunities for me, ticking off items from my 30 by 30 list (which I modified to fit in Machu Picchu) and to accept challenges, inspire others and really focus my attention on the person who I want to become and make the necessary changes to get there. This year has been such a learning curve, I have learnt so much in my business and in my personal life and I know that anything I set my mind to, I can achieve.
So this is where I need your help!! I need to raise $8000 for Youngcare. If you don’t know much about Youngcare, they are an amazing charity that helps to create choice for young Australians with full time care needs. Did you know that right now over 7,500 young Australians are living in age care facilities simply because there are very limited alternatives. Youngcare is all about providing support for young people with full time caring needs, lobbying the government to drive policy support and systems reforms, they provide at home care grands to help more young people stay at home with their families, they build age appropriate Youngcare housing and are constantly researching the issues faced in care options.
When I was a teenager, I used to look after a lady in her 30’s who had severe disabilities for a night a week while her Mum went out to socialise. It was a full time job being her daughter’s carer and without those social nights, she might not of coped. I was lucky that as a teenager I was able to help out. Imagine how different my neighbours life might of been, had she had more support. So this is why I want to help make a difference.
So how can you help?
Well I have set up an online fundraising page with Youngcare where you can make a tax-deductable donation. Any amount both big or small would be really appreciated. Even $10 would be a great help in achieving my goal. All the money raised will be going to Youngcare. I am covering my own travel costs, so every single dollar that is donated goes directly to helping young Australians!!
For anyone who is feeling overly generous, I am also offering a complimentary portrait session and 10 digital negatives for anyone who makes a donation over $500!! I want to raise more then $8000 for Youngcare and am happy to help out in anyway possible!!!!
As well as raising as much money as I can before the trip in September, I am also planning on holding a print auction upon my return of some of the photographs that I will be taking on my trek. More information will be released about this closer to the date!! I am sooo excited!! Machu Picchu is such an amazing interesting place and I can’t believe I get to travel there and help young Australians!! I am so fortunate!!!