One week to go!

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It’s hard to believe that next Friday, I will be flying to Uganda with the Hunger Project.

It has been a transformational year for me, and this work has certainly been a large part of that process.  Now a Queensland Board Member for The Hunger Project, I am honoured to be representing this great cause.

Throughout our fundraising we have worked hard to deliver on our leadership promise, however I have to say the return on this investment of time and money has been tenfold for me personally. So what have been my lessons to date on the Business Chicks and Hunger Project Leadership Immersion program? Here are just a few:

  1. Two heads are better than one! From the outset, the decision of Amelia Lee and I to partner up and do this together has made an incredible difference. Not only has it increased our exposure to new and exciting networks, it has also meant that during the hard times each of us has been able to step and support the other to stick to our promise.
  2. You don’t ask, you don’t receive.  Too often we feel awkward about asking directly for something we want.  We skirt around the direct question and worry about what others may say, think or do.  Amelia and I have approached people from all sorts of businesses, schools and friends along the way. Some said yes, some said no. Did we feel vulnerable? Yes!  Ultimately, we are better for the experience and have fundraised so far over $23k.
  3. Be passionate. Have your own authentic story.  For me, I have read a lot this year about gender equality across the globe. Seeing ‘Girl Rising’ just a few weeks ago ignited the fire again to see girls given the same education rights as boys.  Supporting The Hunger Project is about spreading the word and giving those who have no voice, a voice. It’s increasing awareness that these atrocities still occur and must end. It’s possible.
  4. Global is local. This is a strong belief that I hold. To have knowledge of global affairs such as the existence of global hunger and poverty coming through the internet, television etc every day, and to know that it can be changed means that I have to act.  I can no longer sit silent.
  5. Everyone has their own story.  For the 23 women participating in this trip, each has their own story, values and beliefs. Travelling with them all will require openness, grace and understanding.  Sometimes I struggle with patience as my life is so high-speed, so this trip will be a great opportunity for me to test my ability to slow down and to listen actively to those around me for 10 days in tough conditions.

I know there will be more lessons over the coming weeks.  For now though I am fantasising about a week of limited to no phone coverage and the lush Ugandan landscape.  It’s time for that last cholera drink, packing and organising. Uganda here we come!

Comments

  • Amelia Sunday, 03 November 2013

    So well summated B!!! And like you, I can’t believe we leave so soon!! Can’t wait to continue this amazing adventure we’ve been on xx

  • Belinda Sunday, 03 November 2013

    We are incredibly lucky Amelia! It’s going to be momentous!! x

  • Jodie Sunday, 03 November 2013

    You should both be so proud of what you’ve achieved so far! I’m sure you’ll have a great trip, learn lots, and know that all of your family and friends are so proud of what you’re doing and what a difference you’ll make. All the best and lots of love. J xx
    P.S. Gin is good for cholera! Oh wait, or is it malaria? Have a G&T anyway, it can’t hurt ;)

  • Belinda Sunday, 03 November 2013

    Thanks Jodie…I’m sure we will squeeze a G&T in somewhere! xx

  • Jane Anderson Sunday, 03 November 2013

    Have an amazing time, I can’t wait to hear your inspiring stories when you get back!

  • Belinda Monday, 04 November 2013

    Thanks Jane, look forward to it!

  • Louise Perram-Fisk Monday, 04 November 2013

    I’m so proud of you B. I’ve watched you work so hard and give this everything. Wishing you and the the other 22 all the best as you bring this exciting chapter home. X

  • Angela Dadds Saturday, 16 November 2013

    Love this post B! Your words and actions are a real inspiration to me. Since our lovely dinner a couple of months ago, I have read The Soul of Money (so powerful), have almost finished Half the Sky (gut wrenching) and last week attended the Hunger Project information evening in Melbourne (delightful crowd). Will keep you posted as my journey follows in your inspiring footsteps. Love Ange xx

  • Belinda Saturday, 16 November 2013

    I’m so glad you went along Ange and have read the books. They were life changing for me, even though I have to keep re-reading every now and then to remember the lessons! See you in Melbourne again soon. Bx

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