Traveling through the rural villages of Malawi, the third poorest country in the world, has taught me lessons on another level. We all know that children are our future. It's a phrase we often hear and I guess some people think more seriously about this than others. I had rarely thought about it. But now, reflecting on my journey in Malawi, I can’t stop thinking about the struggle for the young people here compared to the comfort they have in developed countries.
Back in March this year I took on a challenge of walking the Australian Alpine Walking Track, 670km, solo and unsupported. This was a real test of my power and skill. Thankfully I made it out alive and I have been lucky enough to have had a short movie of the trip made for me. It has been made by Benedict Armitage who is studying to become a film maker. He has done a fabulous job and I'm really happy to share this with you all.
2016, I decided, was going to be my year for giving back to world. In 2015, I did some amazing things, had some incredible adventures but they were all things that I wanted to do and were basically just for my own pleasure. Of course, this was absolutely amazing but I felt a little lacking afterwards. This year I made some changes, and goals based around helping others and making a difference.
So here I am in Malawi for two months supporting someone who now has become a very close friend. A year ago I didn’t even know Brendan Rendall. We met for a coffee last summer so he could pick my brains about running in Africa. After meeting a few times and learning more about this mans passion, I really wanted to help support his challenge in Malawi. Now, July 2016, I have spent pretty much every minute of every day with him for the past four weeks, and we are having an absolute blast.