Guest blog by Laura Nicol, Ambassador Relations and Events Officer for CARE Canada.
With Spring in the air, many organizations across Canada are signing up to participate in Walk In Her Shoes as a way to engage their employees in philanthropy while getting a little exercise. With the campaign ongoing until the end of May, there is still plenty of time to get a team signed up and walking.
I asked the captain of our TEC Canada corporate team, Kerra McEwan, why her and her office signed up to walk 8,000 steps a day for 8 days for Walk In Her Shoes.
How did you get involved with CARE?
It all started around this time last year when my boyfriend and I signed up for CARE Canada’s Cycle for CARE Vietnam. At the time, I had heard of CARE and was interested in knowing more about its mission in supporting women, children and communities around the world. As we started fundraising for the cycle trip, I began to truly learn what an amazing organization CARE is, both inside and out. Once in Vietnam, we were privileged to visit a couple of these projects and saw firsthand the tangible differences CARE was making in a community in a remote area on the Cambodian/Vietnamese border. (I will never forget the warmth and hospitality we received from these people). The experience in Vietnam was one of the best I’ve ever had, and further solidified my appreciation for CARE as a top tier development organization – and one I will always support!
Kerra (midde, center) and the TEC Canada Walk In Her Shoes Team
How did you get your office involved with Walk In Her Shoes?
My co-worker, Romany Rzechowicz, has a good friend who works with CARE, so she is also a frequent supporter. Romany is always aware of the many CARE initiatives going on and suggested we participate in Walk In Her Shoes. I absolutely loved the idea and together decided we’d invite our fellow colleagues to walk with us. The response was overwhelming. Eighteen of a possible 23 TEC Canada employees signed up to walk and committed to fundraising a minimum of $250 each! Kudos to everyone at TEC Canada for their interest and participation!
How has the experience of walking 8,000 steps a day for 8 days been for you and your team?
First off, I have to say, the enthusiasm and energy in our office over the past couple weeks has been spectacular! Everyone has been wearing their pedometers. As a big group, we get out on the pathways along the river for lunchtime excursions. We’ve had strangers look at our t-shirts, even stopping to ask us about Walk In Her Shoes. The weather has been beautiful in Calgary lately, so after a long winter, it’s just nice to get out there and take in some fresh air and chat with co-workers. Walking is also a great way to stay in shape, which aligns with TEC Canada’s own health and wellness initiatives. Altogether, it’s been a great experience and further created camaraderie within our team here at the office. Also, it feels good to not only get out and get some exercise, but to raise awareness and funds for a great cause.
When people ask why you’re walking, what’s their reaction when you tell them?
People are fascinated when you tell them what Walk In Her Shoes is all about. It’s such an innovative campaign – because it’s an individual goal you’ve set for yourself to walk the 8,000 steps a day. In our case, we’re also participating within a team setting. And then to know there are thousands of other Canadians also walking and fundraising at the same time. It’s pretty powerful stuff to have so many people come together with the same goal for the same cause! So explaining that to others when they ask, whether family, friends, or even strangers, is really great. The response so far has been really positive.
Thanks Kerra! TEC Canada has raised over $1000 already and is well on their way to their team goal of $3700! They also tracked their steps and had amazing results – collectively, the 18 members of Team TEC officially took over 1,152,000 steps for CARE’s Walk in Her Shoes – that amounts to approximately 895 kilometers! Well done TEC Canada.
Hearing about Walk In Her Shoes for the first time?
No problem! You can still join thousands of Canadians taking the challenge. Registration for Walk In Her Shoes is open to anyone interested in walking 8,000 steps a day for 8 days to empower women and girls in the developing world.
Walk In Her Shoes brings us a little closer to the women and girls it helps empower – individuals who must walk this distance every day to gather basic amenities to support their families. Learn more at care.ca