MEDA Blog - Stories from the Field

Two women, eight teams trekking for women in Ghana

IMG 1042 2Two adventurous women are trekking Ontario’s 900-km Bruce Trail in July in support of women farmers involved in MEDA’s Greater Rural Opportunities for Women (GROW) project in Ghana.

GROW focuses on improving food security for families in Northern Ghana by assisting women farmers to grow more soybeans and forge market links that will increase incomes.

Elaine Shantz of peopleCare and Miriam Turnbull of ProResp won’t be alone on the trail – at least not for the last 100 km of their mission – as their Women Walking to GROW initiative has attracted lots of followers!

Eight teams of supporters are training and raising funds for GROW, including:

    • peopleCare - Walk This Way: This team’s name is a toast the leadership opportunities and lessons team members look forward to learning as they join together to raise funds for GROW and physically push themselves as they take on the toughest section of the Bruce Trail.
    • ProResp Pilgrims: ProResp team members determined to make a difference! These members of the ProResp management team are committed to supporting the financial and leadership development objectives of GROW as Men Walking with Women Walking to GROW.
    • Caressant Care Crusaders: A crusade is a determined attempt to achieve something you strongly believe in. Kim Leuszler of Caressant Care Nursing and Retirement Homes believes how we overcome obstacles in life, both personally and professionally, tells a lot about who we are as individuals.
    • Seasons Care: Di Shen-Manuel, RD has been working with Seasons Care as a registered dietitian providing nutritional services at long-term care homes in Kitchener-Waterloo region for the last three years. This year she is also working to support MEDA’s GROW project.
    • Aggressive Trailblazers: Four Leaders from the Chartwell Corporate Team hoping to make a Difference. Aggressive Trailblazers is also a Chartwell Corporate Belief that is applicable to the Walk: "I challenge the status quo and progressively innovate."
    • The MEDA Travellers: MEDA employees are excited to be walking for the women of Ghana. This ‘virtual’ team has a goal of raising $2,500 as they each track their steps as they walk to work, at lunch and in their spare time with sponsorships from family, friends and other MEDA staff.
    • Tri to GROW: Michael White, MEDA’s chief strategic engagement officer, is challenging other MEDA triathletes to join his Tri to GROW team.
    • Team ICC & Pro Resp: A new team is being organized by Melissa Hine. (Details to come.)
  • Choose a team to support and follow their efforts online! You can track their fundraising progress on their individual team pages and urge them on.

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