The Great Canadian Take Back Your Power Tour is a 7315km cross-Canada walk to raise $250,000 for women in recovery from addiction.
The money raised will go directly to organizations that provide the resources required to support women who wish to powerfully and purposefully take back their lives.
For the majority of us, we cannot get sober alone. We need a community - whatever that needs to be. The purpose of SHE WALKS is to make the general public aware of the recovery options available and to assist these organizations to do what they need to do so that any woman can get the help she needs, when she needs it, where she needs it, in a way that is meaningful to her. Recovery is not only possible but probable with the right community.
On paper, I had it all: A great husband, happy toddler, a VP job, but behind closed doors I had crippling self-doubt a terrible sense of self-worth - I was so far removed from who I wanted to be. "How did I get here?" "This is it?" "I thought I'd be so much further ahead than this."
I can say now that I'm on the other side that my life is almost unrecognizable. I am so full of purpose and authentic joy. Every one of my relationships has improved. My health has certainly improved - I've lost 30 pounds and have become an aspiring ultra-distance athlete. I've gone back to school and will be graduating soon as a coach skilled in transformation. My goal is to help women become who they know they are meant to be, get rid of what isn't serving us, and connect to our purpose. I will also be able to focus on helping women get through the first 365 days of recovery.
This Go Fund Me page has been created to raise the $20,000 start-up cash needed to get SHE WALKS to the start line. Without this cash, SHE WALKS will not have the reach that the sober and sober-curious communities need it to have. This website will not only be a landing page to collect donations, but more importantly, it will become a resource littered with inspirational success stories, QuitLit, Podcast and Instagram accounts to follow (both popular supports in the sober and sober curious communities) in addition to a map of treatment centers, support groups, in/out-patient programs etc.
There are 109 days between today, Friday, May 7, and Tuesday, August 24, 2021. Doing the math, I need to raise $183.48 per day, every day to reach my goal. I will be walking 10 KM every day except the 24th of each month when I will walk an ultra marathon distance. May 24, 46KM, June 24, 48KM and July 24, 50km. I hope to celebrate raising $20,000 on August 24 by walking 52KM. I anticipate logging 1234 KM between now and then.
Will you powerfully and purposefully join me, and be a Founding Friend of SHE WALKS by donating to help any woman get the help she needs, where she needs it, in a time frame that works for her in a way that is meaningful to her?
We can and do recover. I did.
Let's do this.
- Melissa Richardson
- Mary Giroux
- Shelley Brown
- Carolyn Evely
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