Claire’s Walk to Eradicate Fistula
5 October, 2021
Claire Wind is a true Hamlin Champion. She is passionate about maternal and infant health, and was motivated to fundraise for Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation. While studying her Bachelor of Midwifery degree in Sydney, Claire decided to walk to help eradicate obstetric fistula in Ethiopia.
Claire walked a staggering 660 kilometres from Bundeena, New South Wales to Mallacoota, Victoria. Claire completed her journey in just 25 days, averaging an incredible 26.4 kilometres a day!
Claire’s goal was to raise $18,000 – enough to fund a full scholarship for a midwifery student to complete their four-year degree at the Hamlin College of Midwives.
She exceeded her target and raised over $30,000. This is nothing short of remarkable.
Hamlin Midwives are crucial in preventing childbirth injuries like fistula in the first place. In Ethiopia, over 70% of births still take place without a doctor or midwife present. Having Hamlin Midwives stationed in rural areas across the country, ensures more Ethiopian women have access to the quality maternal health care they desperately need – and prevents fistula injuries occurring.
To date, almost 200 students have graduated from the Hamlin College of Midwives and are working in remote areas to prevent fistulas from occurring. Gradually, Dr Catherine Hamlin’s dream for a midwife in every village of Ethiopia is becoming more of a reality – thanks to Hamlin Champions like Claire!
Thank you to Claire, and to all of our fundraisers, for your incredible efforts to eradicate fistula. Forever.
You can walk to eradicate fistula, just like Claire. Click here to walk for Ethiopian mothers.