I'm walking the French Way of The Camino from August to October 2017. It's 790km from St Jean Pied de Port in the south of France, across the Pyrenees and heading west across the north of Spain to Santiago de Compostela.
A centuries old pilgrimage route that travels through beautiful and historical country, the 5-6 weeks of walking The Camino is a great time for reflection.
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I feel like it's such a privilege and an indulgence to be able to take this amount of time out of my life to do something I enjoy. A friend suggested that since I'm doing it, why not raise some money for charity.
So I've decided that, since I'll be reflecting on my life and where I sit in this world, that it would be appropriate to raise funds for a charity that does so much to make the world a healthier place, The Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF).
As many of you know, I am all about sustainability, which means we leave to our kids a planet where they are able to enjoy life. That means clean water, enough of the right food, a safe environment, and healthy ecosystems to support all this. The way we are living at the moment will not enable this future.
The ACF is focussing on five big ideas:
1. Clean energy, not pollution
2. Laws to protect life
3. Joining the dots (thinking about the big picture)
4. Economy for life
5. Think global, act local on climate change