So, what’s this “Miles for Smiles” Longboarding Challenge all about?
This year, I’m turning ‘The Big 3-0’. I’ve decided to make my thirtieth year on planet earth as exciting and fulfilling as possible. I want to go hard on the dream-conquering front and make an effort to give back more. I think I’ve come up with a pretty cool plan for knocking both birds with one stone: a 1000km (or 621 mile) lonboarding journey around Tasmania to raise money for beyondblue.
For a while now, I’ve been following the likes of Anna McNuff, Dave Cornthwaite, Jessica Watson, Sean Conway and my very own husband, Ben Southall. Their courage in the face of mammoth distance challenges – often solo and unsupported – is both inspiring and captivating. Their tales of adventure have moved me to the point of action. So, here I am, about to embark on my very own expedition.
While there are many drivers behind my journey, my core purpose is to raise funds for beyondblue. Offering hope, recovery and resilience to those who are battling depression and/or anxiety, this organisation is both life-changing and life-saving. I’m so proud to be supporting such an invaluable resource, one which has been a lifeline for many of my own loved ones.
If you’d like to help me raise funds for beyondblue, please make a donation through my “Miles for Smiles Lonboarding Challenge” Page. No amount is too small and every little bit helps.
Journey Dates: 7 February to 12 March 2017.
Distance to be covered: Minimum 1000km (621 miles)
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