Angela Brownridge

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Let's help end homelessness.

During National Homelessness Week, August 1 - 7, I’ll be walking a mile (or more!) to raise funds for the 6,000 people experiencing homelessness in South Australia. All funds go to Hutt St Centre who have been supporting people for more than 65 years by providing a hearty meal, a hot shower, all in a safe, welcoming space. I’d be so grateful for your support! If you can’t join me (I’d welcome the company), please give generously to my donation page.

Together we can help end homelessness.

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Final Thoughts

Saturday 7th Aug
Day 6 & Conclusion 6th /7th August 2021 - Brighton to Glenelg & Back + Hallet Cove - 6 miles / 10 km
After walking by myself for the past 5 days it was really good to have my lil 4 year old girl with me on my day 6 walk. All on her own she appreciated the quiet, the sounds and said to me "this is beautiful." We took some deep breaths in together and I asked her how she felt. Her response was " I feel calm and relaxed."  The rain came in but fortunately we were not too far away from our bakery morning tea pit stop.
As we walked all the way back to Brighton I thought of how lonely the rough sleepers must be. 
Conclusion - Day 7 - 7th August 2021 - Hallet Cove Beach.
Finishing off where I started but was a family affair today. Just a short walk to the waterfall and to a viewing spot. This gave us all a chance to listen, take in our surroundings and share with them all a glimpse of what I had been experiencing during the week.
While it is good to check out and have time to ourselves every now and again to recharge, I am also grateful to have my family.
What I have learned and my advice is, every once in a while take away the tech, the noise and the distractions. Look up, look around, take some deep breaths and go out and explore. You never know what you may find and if you have kids they will be better for it too. I know ours loved it and I am sure we will be exploring more often.
Open your world, your eyes and your heart to others.
A big THANK YOU to all who have supported me and I look forward to doing this again next year xxoo.

Choose Your Own Adventure

Thursday 5th Aug
Day 5 - 5th August 2021 - Mark Oliphant Conservation Park - 8.74km / 5.43 miles.
I had never heard of this park before until I searched up some walks to do for this cause. 
This park is quite the hidden gem and has many different paths to take. The paths did not seem to loop like other parks I had been to and would often lead to alternate tracks, a T junction with no indication on which way to go or a dead end. This made it quite the adventure.
I decided to start off by following the waterfall track. The track began to narrow and there was water coming down the path and the rocks. I was wondering whether this was the waterfall and I was walking in it or if it still was the path that leads to the waterfall. I kept pushing forward and sure enough there was a small rock waterfall at the top. 
I walked back down to choose another path which lead up a hill and to a view at the top. There was a sign at the top that indicated you could keep going around so I decided to follow it to see where it went. Turns out it lead to the main road :( 
I headed back down and chose another path, then back towards the carpark and decided to go the other way and discovered more tracks to take.
It was almost like one of those choose your own adventure books.
It was also surprising how quiet and dense the park was considering it was near a main road. 
Again another beautiful part of S.A.
Go on your own adventure, it doesn't matter you don't know where you are going that's all part of the fun. Choose a path, you never know what you are going to find.

Be the Change

Wednesday 4th Aug
Day 4 - 04 August 2021 - Shepherds Hill Recreation Park - 6.63km / 4.11 miles.
This walk was a bit shorter than the others I had been on, however I combined a couple of the loops to make it worthwhile. 
We all have the power to chose our own paths in life and we also have the power to change the paths of others. 
To change someone's path does not take any great act. A simple greeting, a smile, an act of acknowledgment can touch a persons heart. 
Be the change you want to see in the world.

 

Onwards Onkeeta

Tuesday 3rd Aug
Day 3 - 03rd August 2021 - Onkeeta Track, Kuitpo Forrest 
10.93km / 6.79 miles.
Today was the day that the physical realization and connection between the Walk A Mile In My Boots cause came to be. 
I woke up with very sore muscles and feet but thought although the distance of todays walk was going to be a big one it should be relatively easy going. NOPE...
The paths were muddy, rocky, sandy and wet with the occasional grass patch thrown in to give you that bit of hope of level ground for a little bit.
There were large puddles of water with no way round. Only way forward was to go through it. With water filling my shoes and soaked socks I trudged onwards.
About halfway through my legs and back were becoming incredibly sore and the soles of my feet were beginning to burn and yes, it also began to rain. I began thinking wow! this is only day 3, I am not carrying all that I own with me on my back, there is an end to this track and when I am done I have somewhere safe and warm to go to as well as clean clothes, fresh pair of socks and food.
It truly brought home the meaning of "Walk A Mile In My Boots." -Onwards Onkeeta

 

Queen Of The Mountain - Look Up

Monday 2nd Aug
Day 2 - 02 August 2021 - Mt Midoriyama aka Mt Lofty To Waterfall Gully & Back - 5.2 Miles / 8.40km.
Starting at the top heading down. This gave me time to look around and take in all the majesty of the mountain. 
We are so lucky here in S.A to have these stunning National Parks, Beaches & Wildlife. 
It has been about 11 years since I last did this walk and it was still like walking up a warped wall. It has also changed a little. The paths are now paved, there are plenty of spots along the way to sit & rest, photo ops or to just take it all in and plenty of look out nooks.
There were a few people out and about and I noticed quite a lot of them had their headphones in, listening to whatever music gets them motivated, talking on the phone or just talking to their friend that was on the walk with them. I couldn't help think to myself "Take out the ear buds, look up, you are missing it all" The sounds of all the different birds, frogs calling across to each other, water flowing and the wind blowing. Maybe they had seen it all before and just there for their daily exercise, but if you ask me the scenery is ever changing with the clouds, the sun and the trees. There were Kookaburras nearby having their breakfast, Cockatoos, Lorikeets and many other birds all flying across the valley right in front of me and they were missing it all.
What I took away from this walk is... this seems to be the way now, people with heads down, ear phones in, looking at or talking on the phones just distracted by our daily life that they miss or choose to ignore what is around them (including people). Take your ear buds out, look up, quiet, take a breath and take it in. It is good for the Soul.

These Boots Are Made For Boadwalking

Sunday 1st Aug
Day 1 - August 1st 2021 - Hallet Cove Beach Boardwalk To Marino & Back - 12.16km / 7.5 miles.
What better place to officially start the Walk A Mile In My Boots Challenge than in one of my favorite places, The Beach. There seems to be no other words to describe this walk other than just pure beauty.
There were not too many people around to start with which was good as I could just hear the sounds of nature. The wind blowing, waves crashing, birds signing, bees buzzing and yes can you believe it, frogs croaking!
The walk was far from easy with lots of stairs, corners and muddy tracks where you really had to watch your balance.
The trek just seemed to keep going and I just wanted to keep seeing what surprise was around the next corner. Before too long I had arrived at Marino! I could see the track continuing and wanted to keep going but remembered I still had the return journey back to the Cove.
I crossed paths with a father and son, also proudly wearing their beanies. We gave each other a greeting and friendly smile. It was a good to feel a small bond with this cause connecting us.
On the way back I could feel my stomach rumbling and feet starting to hurt and it got me thinking about the cause and this is what they must go through (even worse) each day.
Keep putting one foot in front of the other because you never know what is going to be around the next corner. You will never know if you don't look. 




The Early Bird Catches The Storm

Saturday 24th Jul
As the very cold, windy and wet weather sets in, it becomes harder and harder to drag myself out of bed in the morning at 6am on the weekend to venture outside for a 10km run. 
As I step outside the chill in the air has a real bite to it, freezing my face and hands. Dodging puddles to try and stay dry, sure enough it begins to rain and a head wind picks up trying to blow me back. 
I begin to think about why I am doing this. You are not giving up, you are doing this. Keep going.
By the end of the run their is a break in the clouds and the sun sneaks a little peek through, just for a short while. I can hear a few birds and the creek flowing.
Although you are doing it tough now and the good is hard to find, know that there will be sunshine. Whether it be a small glimpse for a short while or you find your Summer, it will come.
Just keep going, don't give up no matter how hard it seems at the time. Your storm will not last forever <3>

The Reason

Thursday 24th Jun
After watching the SBS series Filthy Rich and Homeless, it has made me want to do something to help those experiencing homelessness. I often see them in the street as I pass by either too scared or not sure what to say to them. After watching the show I got the courage and approached a person, gave them a couple of $$ and then asked if there was anything they needed. They were not sure so I offered to buy them lunch. He was so grateful and I felt so good and proud of myself afterwards but also felt that it was not enough. These people all have a story to share and they need our help.
I myself am not in a position to be of any great help on my own and is why I am doing this challenge. This is my way of trying to help and make a little difference to this sad situation for many.
Please help me help these people and families out there doing it so rough each and every day xx

Thank you to my Sponsors

$515

Michele Dick

Go girl

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Louise M Rigoni

Nice Work Ange

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Mark Callus

Go Angela.

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Kaleb Haldane

You are doing awesome girl

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Andrew O’neill

$116

Benny

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Karen Lewis

Way to go Angela, you'll smash out many miles during National Homelessness week Good Luck

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Toby & Bonnie

Go mum!!!!!

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Karam Singh

All the best Angela. You are doing great stuff.

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Marie Wood

Good on you!

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Anonymous

Good girl. Wish I could join you.

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Brian P.

Good on ya Angela - from Brian

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Tim Brownridge

Good on you Ang xx

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Charlotte

Well done Ange. Love you!

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Sue M

A very worthwhile cause, well done!

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Jacqui & John

You go girl 👊🏻

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Katerina Papagni

Well done Angela!

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Dennis Omalley

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Greg Adam

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Andre Dolphin

Well done legend!

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Angela Brownridge

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Debra Robertson

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Deb Saxby

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Michelle Daly

Good on you girl

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Ben Poprawski

Great cause, Angela, well done !

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Fiona O’neill

Nice work, Ange!

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Stafford Marsland

Good on you Angela

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Louise Rea

Very proud of you Ang 🥰

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Katie Ruwoldt

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Cherrie Jacobs

Proud of you Ange Cherrie

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Christie W

A lovely story and great cause xxxxx

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Anonymous

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