30 reasons in 30 days – Reasons 11 & 12

Reason 11: To make a difference.

This is obviously a very bold statement and one that we’ve grappled with on our journey. There have been moments when it seems like ourselves and people we know have been trying to so hard to spread their message but it just falls on deaf ears. And that really sucks. But we’ve come to realise that while the task of saving the rainforest, saving Orang-utans and making the world a better place is somewhat overwhelming, every small action or decision makes a difference. We know that we have changed our lifestyle a lot over the past 10 months and we now choose to live a palm oil, cruelty free life. And we feel a lot better about that. Our goal is that if every 10 people we speak to about the issues in Borneo and just one of them makes a change because of what we said, then we’re in front and we are helping.

Reason 12: To end deforestation.

Again, this is an enormous statement and obviously not one that we can manage on our own. But again, education and research has given us an enormous amount of statistics and verbal weaponry that we are now able to whip out at any stage. To cut to the chase, the deforestation that is happening is contributing to climate change, loss of habitat for the Orang-utans, Tigers and Elephants and causing chaos for the indigenous communities of Borneo who are trying to make a living off of the land. And it needs to stop.

Part of our fundraising goes towards purchasing the Heart of Borneo, an area 220 squared kiometres worth of land. If you want to see deforestation stopped, please donate to WWF Australia here.

We’ll be back later in the week with more of our reasons! Stay tuned!

30 reasons in 30 days – days 6 through 10

With now just 21 days to go until we head off to Borneo, it’s time to share the next set of reasons why we’re excited to be there!

Reason 6. To meet new people who are just as passionate as we are.

There will be 13 other trekkers heading to Borneo with us – all of whom we have never met before! We have found that sometimes trying to talk about our trip and the reasons we are doing it fall on deaf ears of those who might not understand our passion. It will be so great to experience this trip with our new friends.

Reason 7. To challenge ourselves mentally.

Borneo is going to be tough. The conditions will be tough and it’s going to take a lot of mental strength to get through it. The trek will require us to be supportive of ourselves and of one another to ensure that we can all make it through together. The other big mental side will be seeing first hand what deforestation has done to the rainforest. This will be a huge eye opener and one that I don’t think we can properly prepare ourselves for before we go.

Reason 8. To challenge ourselves physically.

Obviously the trekking side is quite a significant part of this trip! We will be trekking for up to six hours per day, roughly six to 12 kilometres each day. It will be rough terrain and it will be extremely hot and humid. We’ve prepared ourselves as best we can for this trip by training really hard and getting ourselves fit and ready to take on the challenge. Wish us luck!

Reason 9. To experience a new culture.

Both of us have never been to Indonesia before and we are really excited to get there. We’re sure it will be a big culture shock – but in a good way. We’re excited to meet new people and especially keen to meet our host village communities when we are trekking. Seeing how they go about their day to day lives will be an incredible experience.

Reason 10. To meet and exceed our fundraising target for WWF Australia.

Fundraising has been an incredibly challenging task in the lead up to this trip. We don’t think we quite realised how much $6000 was and how we would go about raising those funds. It’s the most we’ve ever had to raise before! But it’s been a lot of fun. We’ve seen first hand the generosity of our friends and families who’ve spared the hard earned cash, their time and their support to us while we’ve done our best to reach our goal. We’re almost at our target now! You can donate by visiting our online fundraising page.

Stay tuned for the next installment of our #30reasons!

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