Each year, supporters from all around Australia run in different events – raising funds and awareness for the work of Dr Catherine Hamlin and her team. It is inspiring to see their passion.
Rachel is one of our fabulous supporters who ran for Hamlin last year. She is a working mother of two with a staggering amount of energy!
“Someone said to me your 30’s is the best time of your life. A time to be comfortable within yourself. So I thought I needed to set myself a challenge in endurance.
My first adult lesson in endurance was birthing my two beautiful kids. Throughout my birthing journey I benefited so much from the amazing assistance and support of the local midwifery group practice.”
Like so many other mothers in Australia, Rachel was lucky enough to have access to wonderful medical care while giving birth to her two children. This medical care is some of the best in the world and no one would expect anything different.
This is such a big contrast to other parts of the world. Did you know that globally more than 350,000 women die as a result of complications of pregnancy and childbirth?
Why Rachel supports Hamlin Fistula Ethiopia…
“I cannot imagine childbirth without a support team. I choose to support the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation as I believe they are delivering much needed support to women who have or are birthing in Ethiopia.
I had a friend who was a gynaecological nurse who told me about Hamlin years ago. I then saw the documentary about Catherine’s work and have been following and supporting since.”
Last year, Rachel ran in the Gold Coast Airport Marathon. This event isn’t easy and involves months of training. Rachel completed the run and raised awareness for the plight of fistula sufferers – as well as raising over $950!
“My challenge in endurance is small compared to the stories of endurance from the women of Hamlin Fistula. I am inspired to give knowing $600 given to the Catherine Hamlin Fistula Foundation can have such a life changing impact for a woman. This benefit flows to her children and her community. Priceless really.”
By participating in a local run, you can help support women suffering from these debilitating childbirth injuries.
Find a local event near you at: https://www.everydayhero.com/au/fundraising-events-to-participate-in/ or create your own challenge here!