On September 27th a hundred hikers joined me in hiking 5k at Paramount Ranch in Los Angeles for the women in the Congo and Uganda at our 1st Annual Hike 2 Empower Event!
The energy and enthusiasm to make a difference in the lives of these women and children was amazing amongst our participants. I can't tell you how great it felt to get the community involved, see everyone enjoying the outdoors, and making an impact in the lives of others all at the same time! Our motto for this event: Empower yourself by empowering others!
The event was held at beautiful Paramount Ranch in the Santa Monica Mountains, where many classic westerns were filmed and shows like "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman." The event kicked off with Yoga Stretch Warm-up led by Georgina Purple from Purple Tree Yoga. Everyone did a great job at testing out their flexibility :o)
There is something to be said about being fit, exercising, being outdoors, doing yoga :o), you get my point. . .it can be very empowering for an individual. I know it is for me. Thus our goal at this event was to empower yourself by taking action for others. . . and that we did. I hope to expand this event to other cities in the upcoming year. . . but will need help! So any of you out there reading this, dying to jump in and take action, reach out to me and lets see how we can work together for this great cause.
Here are some pictures of the event
Special Thanks to: lululemon athletica (The Commons~Calabasas, CA), Vitamin Water, and Clif Bar. These companies rock and were a great support to our event! A HUGH THANK YOU to all of our participants. . .you are all leaders of change and congrats for taking action in your community and for others! Thank you!
Hope all that participated had a great time and looking forward to next year!
As for Climb Take Action. . . Australia here I come in December! Also, we are in the final stages of organizing our Kilimanjaro July 2009 Climb. If you are interested in participating let me know. We hope to have a team of 10-15 all climbing for the women of the Congo and Uganda and benefiting International Medical Corps.
Until next time. . . happy trails. . . remember we all have the power to make a difference in the lives of others.
~Never limit yourself or life's potential. The extraordinary is always possible!~ G.M.