This is a demonstration by the nonprofit sector to raise money and raise consciousness in order to change the way people think about changing the world. I have included on this page a TED Talk video by Dan Palotta that gets at the heart of why I (Tara, in case you think this isn't me "speaking") am participating in this walk. I hope you will watch it. You'll find it after you scroll through my pictures.
This is a march--cooperative not competitive, activist not athletic--three days and 60 miles long--for anyone and everyone who works in the charitable sector, from executive directors to social workers, and for anyone who supports them.
It's for the people who get labeled "overhead" and the people who rely on them.
Moreover, this is a personal challenge. In the video I asked you to watch, Dan Pallotta says, "People are weary of being asked to do the least that they can do." This is what I experienced when I raised money and rode my bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles, raising money for AIDS research and when I crewed a similar ride from Fairbanks to Anchorage, Alaska.
And now, I want to challenge myself to meet this new goal--fundraising and more important for me: my health. As I register for this walk, I weigh 303 pounds. My goal is to raise $5,000 and lose 100 pounds over the next 10 months as I work to change the world through the nonprofit sector and this march--and to change myself into someone who has the health and vitality to continue making a difference.
This goal is not impossible, but it's not something everyone does or everyone does easily. My training has already begun. From sedentary to 50-minute walks (so far) in 90+ degree heat (when I started). There are no excuses. In my pictures, you can see me as I am at the start, visiting my goat friends at over 300 pounds. You can see me at about 260 pounds in the blue t-shirt picture, and you can see me at about 160 pounds. That's my personal march.
I have a walk to do in June 2015, and I hope you'll encourage me with your donations, prayers, and cheers. I am doing the near-impossible, and I hope you'll join me.
I'm possible, and so are you.