Walking The Way Of St. Francis
Raising Money for The Animal Collective
Interview with Liz McDonough
Tell me about the adventure (hike) you are about to embark on?
It is an 8 day 135km hike (maybe a bit more) on a section of The Way Of St. Francis which runs from Florence to Rome. On April Fool’s Day I will start walking in Assisi & finish in Rieti.
Wow... how do you prepare for this?
Physically – by getting some miles in… hiking a mixture terrains & elevations alongside Zumba & Superjump classes. Mentally - Slowing down!!! I used to feel I ‘had to’ hike fast, but my body was burning out giving me muscle fatigue. Slowing down my pace has built up my confidence.
Early spring isn’t so hot & I overheat easily, always shade hopping! Also what better way to spend mine & the hubby’s birthday after the hike – than in Rome!
I love this quote. It really sums up my journey...
Start by doing what’s necessary, then what’s possible and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
– St. Francis of Assisi
St Francis is the patron saint of Animals and the Environment is this something you are passionate about?
Becoming more vegan than vegetarian over the last couple of years has definitely increased my compassion towards all sentient beings & my consciousness towards the environment. Being around like minded people who have so much goodness & ‘DO’ so much made me want to actually do something too. By raising money I can make a difference.
You are raising funds for The Animal Collective –which is a new animal and environmental charity on the Campo de Gibraltar what exactly do they do?
The main objectives of TAC are to educate & raise awareness about animals & the environment. Reduce & with time eradicate the “Abandonment & animal abuse in the Campo de Gibraltar”. There are so many individual volunteers & shelters. Connecting everyone through The Animal Collective makes a stronger more communicative unit of volunteers for helping those that need it.They organise events & activities to raise money for much needed products for the shelters & other associations that work towards the protection & defence of the flora & fauna in the Campo de Gibraltar.The association is a tool to plan & organise financial & personnel support for animal shelters & environmental associations. Including working together with people who have additional needs, aiming to create a symbiotic partnership in which every party benefits.
What would you personally like to get out of your 8 days of walking?
ON BEHALF OF THE ANIMAL COLLECTIVE
THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS
THANKYOU EVERYONE FOR YOUR GENEROUS DONATIONS!
My GoFundMe Page is now closed, but you can still view it.
I raised 2022Euros!!!! which made me ecstatic!
Final stats for the 8 day walk from Assisi to Rieti...
153km / 95miles
3759m / 12332ft Elevation
AND... within a day of returning home I was planning my next trip! My 2nd walk was just as epic walking on The Way of St Francis from Rieti straight into Rome.
...I am now planning my next round of walkies :)