Spread The Joy Over The Wall
Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
2019 will be the 1st edition of the China Wild Women on the Wall adventure! We have been “running” Wild Women on the Run in South Africa since 2012 and it has proven life changing for so many women, as well as our chosen beneficiaries
One of our Wild Women on the Run founding members, Lucille van der Merwe, moved to China with her family in 2017, where she met up with a wonderful local hiking guide in 2018. This is when the dream of running Wild Women along the majestic Great Wall of China began.
After a number of meetings, the routes have been planned and the logistics are underway. Wild Women on the Wall will become a reality in April 2019 and will have 22 very excited new Wild Women taking on this incredible adventure.
The ladies participating in Wild Women on the Wall will represent 12 nationalities., which will further strengthen the ethos of Wild Women; creating a fun, non-competitive and nurturing environment for women to go out and have a remarkable multi-day adventure in a place of astounding beauty.
Running for a reason
She walked with the universe on her shoulders and made it look like a pair of wings.
As with our South African sisterhood, we have selected two local beneficiaries close to our hearts specifically focusing on children. All money raised will be equally shared between these two amazing organizations.
5 Loaves & 2 Fish House
The Center was opened 4 years ago, in GuCheng, Houshayu Town. The idea was to give the migrant children a space to study and to do their homework. The children aged from 7-13 are from migrant families. The families must work hard to get money they leave home early in the morning and come back late at night. There is an after-school programme every Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoon from 4pm to 6pm and Saturday morning from 9am to 11am. 5 Loaves and 2 Fish rely on volunteers to do activities with the children every Saturday. They have 35 children and one Chinese teacher as well as volunteers who assist.
Agape Family Life House
Agape is a foster home for orphans with special needs in Langfang, which is half way between Beijing and Tianjin. The residents predominately have osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease). There are 14 residents in the home, from children to young adults. The young adults here have all aged out of the “system” which means they are no longer eligible for adoption so we here at Agape are their family. Their sister organization is Bread of Life Bakery where some of the young adult’s work. The bakery sells western style baked goods, mainly to expats in Beijing. The bakery allows for young adults to be trained and have a job, which can be otherwise very difficult because of their disabilities.
HOW TO Support US
Both of our chosen beneficiaries are able to provide official FAPIAO’S through Roundabout or China Charities Aid for Children. This offers a wonderful opportunity for companies, big or small, to make a difference through their donation. Private individuals are also welcome to make a donation through any Wild Women participating.
All funds raised are donated directly to the selected community projects. Each Wild Woman is required to ‘pay her own way’ – none of the sponsorship money is used to fund runners. Every donation, irrelevant of value, makes a direct difference in the lives of these children.