FYBF – Every Little Step

by mamagrace71 on March 1, 2013

Being a first generation Australian with an Indonesian background, I grew up seeing two very different worlds.

The first being filled with opportunities, privileges and wealth.

The second?  Not so much.

My mum is living evidence how tough a life can be for a woman in a developing country.

Being the eldest of 8 with a father who went missing for years during World War 2 and was feared dead, it was my mum’s heavy responsibility to keep the household afloat.

At the crack of dawn, the chores would start with walking long distances to the rice field to do some planting.  Returning back home, she would hit the dirt paths again to collect wood and clean water for the day.

My mum’s a trouper. Those tired old legs of hers have definitely done their distance.  Yet, there are still many women and young girls in developing countries doing similar labour intensive tasks for survival.

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It’s an honour to take part in CARE Australia’s Walk In Her Shoes Challenge.  A group of us from Digital Parents, including my awesome buddy, Jess, will be walking 10, 000 steps (6-8 kilometres) on Tuesday, 19th of March to raise funds to help women and girls and their communities to earn incomes, access healthcare, get an education and overcome poverty.

The plan is to raise $2,500 as a team which will buy a water pump system for a community.

If you’d like to help us reach that goal and make a donation (doesn’t matter how small), please click here.

Every dollar counts as does every little step.

1. Follow With Some Grace.

2. Sign up to the awesome Digital Parents community ( if you haven’t already done so). DP was created by Brenda Gaddi who happens to be the creator of FYBF. She’s also created 4 gorgeous kidlets. In case you’d like to know. Or maybe not. But we’ll share that info just the same.

3. Add your post URL to the linky. Please only link up one post.

4. Grab the funky FYBF button and post it on your sidebar. Help spread the blogfloggin love.

5. Visit the blogs of your fellow FYBF’ers and share the comment love.

6. Share some more comment love. It’s proven to make your wrinkles disappear…overnight. #truth

 



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Carla March 1, 2013 at 6:18 am

Wow Grace, that’s a fabulous idea! Good luck to your team!
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mamagrace71 March 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Walking with a bunch of fab bloggers will make it all the more special, Carla!

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Mystery Case March 1, 2013 at 6:19 am

Will be sure to donate.
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mamagrace71 March 2, 2013 at 10:49 pm

Thank you!

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Rachael @ Fit Fab Forty March 1, 2013 at 6:22 am

I will admit after an early morning phone call at 5.15 and I had to get up at 6 anyway, I decided to stalk your blog to get a good position on FYBF (and I did). But then I read your blog post, what an amazing cause. I just made a small donation for you. And good luck for your halfie.
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Catherine Rodie Blagg March 1, 2013 at 6:22 am

It is a great cause and I’ve made a small donation. I wish I was walking too – but with mum here felt I should be ah home the night before the conference.
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Kirsty @ My Home Truths March 1, 2013 at 6:38 am

Good luck to all you amazing walkers – I hope you smash the target!
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Née March 1, 2013 at 6:50 am

Amazing thing you girls are doing. xx
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Pip March 1, 2013 at 7:19 am

Sensational cause Grace. What an experience. Donate I will. Pip X
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Sabeen @Mumchic March 1, 2013 at 7:46 am

Well done Grace, you are all kinds of awesome as is Jess. I have a feeling you all will certainly make it past the target :)

Thank you for sharing your mum’s story, it would not have been an easy life for her xxx

Good Luck! I will be back later tonight to make a donation.
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Zanni March 1, 2013 at 8:11 am

Good for you Grace. I’ve made my donation. Sorry I can’t be there too. X

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EssentiallyJess March 1, 2013 at 8:17 am

Yay Grace! That walk is going to be way too much fun
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Rhianna March 1, 2013 at 8:41 am

This is such a great idea, it is wonderful to see the Australian blogging community rally together like it has. Fairy wishes and butterfly kisses for a wonderful lovely lady
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Robomum March 1, 2013 at 9:21 am

This is a great cause! I think you’re going to have a great time doing it ;o)
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Ai Sakura March 1, 2013 at 9:36 am

It’s amazing how you all are banding together to help. Certainly makes blogging even more worthwhile! :)
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mamagrace71 March 2, 2013 at 10:50 pm

Definitely, Ai! :)

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Me March 1, 2013 at 10:09 am

It’s such a great cause – I am so pleased that I am part of the solution !!!
Good luck and have the best weekend !
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Kaz @ Melting Moments March 1, 2013 at 10:28 am

All the very best for a successful walk :) What a great cause.
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edenland March 1, 2013 at 10:29 am

Grace I love this, and will be walking with you.

xx

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mamagrace71 March 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm

See ya there, lovely! x

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Rita March 1, 2013 at 11:15 am

What a great cause Grace! All the very best! Your mum is a very courageous and strong woman.
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Jane @ The Hesitant Housewife March 1, 2013 at 11:28 am

Wow, what am amazing thing your doing Grace! Really looking forward to hearing all about it xx
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Lara @ This Charming Mum March 1, 2013 at 11:57 am

It’s a fantastic initiative. I can’t wait to hear the stories from your walk. Wish I could join you! Instead, I’m off to make a donation…
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Wendy Parks March 1, 2013 at 12:02 pm

Wow!! What an inspiring story and a great cause. I wish you all well and look forward to hearing how each step makes a difference.
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Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions March 1, 2013 at 1:17 pm

It’s an awesome thing you’re doing Grace!
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Toni - The Aussie Hausfrau March 1, 2013 at 1:24 pm

Way to go Grace!! I’ll pop back and donate next week once pay day comes around!! Good luck with fundraising – I’m doing the Ride to Conquer Cancer later this year – best I get cracking with some fundraising ideas!!!
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mamagrace71 March 2, 2013 at 10:51 pm

Oh, do let us know how you go with that, Toni! I’ll definitely donate!

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Trish March 1, 2013 at 1:40 pm

A fantastic cause Grace , I told Babymac I was joining in and I just did it today.
I love to see bloggers blogging for social good.
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Kevin March 1, 2013 at 1:41 pm

Well done Grace – getting out and doing something!
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Kim-Marie March 1, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I’m going to make a donation and am hoping to join in the walk.
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mamagrace71 March 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Thank you! Hope to see you at the walk! :) x

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Emily March 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

Great cause. Causes seem to be the theme of the day! Go Grace. Go Jess. Go everyone!
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Cybele @ BlahBlah March 1, 2013 at 2:46 pm

That sounds amazing. I need to do that, I just need to figure out the logistics. Thanks for the heads up x
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SarahMac March 1, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Good on you Grace, it is a great cause.
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Josefa @always Josefa March 1, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Great cause Grace – good luck on the walk – should be an amazing experience xx
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Winnie @ Bubfriendly March 1, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Joining in for the first time today at #FYBF! :) Thanks Grace!!! Found out about #FYBF from the gorgeous Angela at School of Mum. Your mother is certainly a very inspirational and courageous woman – I sure hope life is much better for her now! Good luck with the walk – it is such an amazing thing you girls are doing!!! All the best!!!

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mamagrace71 March 2, 2013 at 10:15 pm

Welcome, Winnie! Nice to have you on board! :) x

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Rachel March 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Your Mum sounds amazing – I bet she can tell some stories. A great cause to support xx
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Emily @ Have a laugh on me March 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm

I hope my little contribution helps a little bit – good on you Grace, you have such a big heart and having travelled to a few third-world countries and it made me realise how tough so many cultures have it. xx
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Min March 1, 2013 at 7:09 pm

Fabulous idea for a fantastic cause. Good on you! Wish I could join you! Min xo
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Alisha March 1, 2013 at 7:18 pm

This is so inspiring, I can’t wait to read about it xx
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Kelly HTandT March 1, 2013 at 8:39 pm

You truly are amazing Grace! But I bet, considering what your mum has been through, that you hardly feel extroardinary. But you are. Ok? xxx
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mamagrace71 March 2, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Ok, love xxx

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Rachel March 2, 2013 at 12:24 am

What a beautiful tribute to your mom! She is lucky to have you, just as you are lucky to have her!

I’ve put your button on my pinterest page.
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mamagrace71 March 2, 2013 at 10:17 pm

Thanks so much, Rachel! Very kind of you to share it! :) x

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Rebecca Mugridge March 2, 2013 at 11:20 pm

Your story about your mum here just moved me so much.
I too endorse the Walk In Her Shoes campaign, honoured to help promote it in any way I can from the moment I first heard about it I was so very impressed with it, such a fantastic cause and inspirational approach too.
I actually missed an opportunity to be really actively involved with it because of an overzealous spam folder but am very happy to be promoting it in any way I can.
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