As a mother, I am not a fan of 'mother guilt' and the pressure on our shoulders to parent this way or that. However, at the same time, I am very much aware that we are one of the leading role models for our children, and our approach to life is quickly absorbed by our kids. Therefore, I am thrilled to announce a new partnership between SisuGirls and the Amazing Trekkers Club. Amazing Trekkers Club is an exclusive mountaineering community tailored for women passionate about trekking.
Prior to founding SisuGirls, I was the co-founder of a similar organisation and I personally experienced the positive impact of mountain based expeditions on women and girls. Time in nature, undertaking a physical challenge in an uncomfortable environment, and sharing a challenge with like-minded women is very empowering. It was also a powerful learning experience for my children who would witness the mental, physical and emotional preparation required for me to take part in a mountain based expedition. It required discipline and determination and each day they would watch me train and prepare. Through many discussions, they would slowly understand I was preparing for a goal, a goal which required tremendous effort. It was never about the summit (I often didn't reach it) but I did grow with every climb I attempted, and so did my children.
I strongly believe in women and girls having a safe and supportive environment to challenge themselves, so I am thrilled to be collaborating with the Amazing Trekkers Club who can offer these challenges to our global community, especially to the mothers of our SisuGirls, because, back to my main point, we are one of their leading role-models, so if we can climb it, they can too. Amazing Trekkers Club have a huge array or treks taking place in 2016, so check their website and join the community.
Speaking of role models... we have been putting the final touches on our holiday camp materials for the upcoming programs we are hosting in Hong Kong and Singapore during the Easter break. Over the three days we are introducing the girls to our six sisu themes through strong, positive and healthy role models. We only have a handful of places remaining, which can be booked here.
We are also hosting a film screening in Singapore on Saturday, April 23rd at 4pm. We will be screening Mira, the journey of a spirited Nepali village girl on her pursuit to being a world-recognised mountain runner. Mira is also featured in our third SisuGirls children's book, so we are hoping to have the first copies of Mighty Mira completed in time for the screening. This is a family friendly event starting at 4pm, so please bring the kids. We will also be joined by videographer, director and producer Lloyd Belcher, so plenty of opportunity for Q & A. Tickets are free and available here.
Finally, thank you to everyone who has signed up to our SisuGirls membership to receive our monthly stories about fearless females. We now have over 750 global SisuGirls, so we are thrilled that so many girls are being introduced to such awesome women. Next story will be sent next week, so sign up if you haven't had a chance to date.
SisuGirls works with a small number of organisations who share the same values, mission and vision and who are dedicated in supporting us grow the SisuGirls movement. We are thrilled to be partnering with the Amazing Trekkers Club. ATC is an exclusive mountaineering community tailored for women passionate about trekking. Join the global community and sign up to a trek in 2016.
This month Serious Sisu caught up with Spanish ski mountaineer, mountain runner, and base jumper Mireia Miró. Mireia didn't actually like competing when she was younger but, when she discovered the world of mountain sports, her passion for competitions began and since then, she has forged a sporting career in ski mountaineering, trail running and base jumping.
Join SisuGirls and Lloyd Belcher at the Singapore screening of Mira. Mira follows the journey of a spirited Nepali village girl, Mira Rai, on her pursuit to being a world-recognised mountain runner. This is a family friendly screening at 4pm on Saturday 23rd April at the Roy Bennett Theatre at UWCSEA, Dover Road. A huge thank you to UWCSEA for the venue and supporting the screening. Tickets are free, but do bring some gold coins, as we will have a collection bucket, with funds raised being allocated to Trail Running Nepal and their work supporting women and girls such as Mira. Tickets are here and the film trailer can be screened here.
We have a handful of places left on our Hong Kong and Singapore Holiday Mentor Programs. Over three days the girls are introduced to climbing, skateboarding and outdoor adventure and discuss the six sisu themes - courage, determination, positivity, balance, strength and individuality.
#WalkWithCourage to the Roof of Africa. The only all women’s group throughout the trek with 2 children aged 10 and 11. A phenomenal success for the team and a beautiful journey shared by 11 strong trekkers.