Jayson Forrest is the managing editor of Money & Life Magazine.
Deanne Sheridan CFP® isn’t underestimating the physicality and endurance required to hike 45km through the testing terrain of the Blue Mountains, but she is confident her singing will at least scare away the snakes and spiders. Deanne talks about her motivation for participating in the 2018 Future2 Hiking Challenge.
Why did you decide to participate in this year’s Future2 Hiking Challenge?
I have always loved the idea of the annual Future2 Wheel Classic bike ride, but I’m not a very confident or fast rider! Then Future2 introduced other physical challenges, including the hike, and I knew I had to get involved.
The Future2 Blue Mountains Hiking Challenge is being held in my home state this year, in conjunction with the FPA Professionals Congress being held in Sydney, so there was really no excuse not to participate.
With the support of my employer, SWA Financial Planning, I was able to ‘encourage’ another colleague, Mathew Camkin, to join in the challenge, too.
What do fundraising initiatives, like the Future2 Hiking Challenge, mean to you?
These initiatives are so important, both professionally and personally. In my working life, these initiatives are such a great reminder of why I became a financial planner in the first place – the constant desire to help people.
I have been able to spend time in the community and connect with services in my local area that assist financially disadvantaged young people. These services, and those like them throughout Australia, will directly benefit from the Future2 grants, and it is such a satisfying feeling knowing you have helped, even in a small way.
Personally, I have been spreading the word about my involvement this year in the Hiking Challenge, while raising more awareness in the community about the work the Future2 Foundation does. I am so very grateful to family and friends who are supporting my efforts via donations.
What do you expect to be the most challenging aspect of hiking for two days?
Without doubt, the most challenging aspect is going to be the distance and the incline!
Hiking 45kms of bush tracks over two days will be the most physical thing I have ever done. Hopefully by November, the body will be ready and it will be more of a mind game – to keep going, stay focused and remember why I’m there.
I am looking forward to the physical and mental challenges this hike will bring. I’m hoping the weather will be kind to us and my singing will scare away any spiders or snakes!
How are you preparing/training for the 45km hike?
I’m working on my fitness by walking, running and doing strength training. Thankfully, the Wollongong escarpment has some great trails that we have been using for practice hikes.
How is your fundraising target of $1,200 progressing?
I’m making great progress. I have already raised over 25 percent of my target, but more support would be greatly appreciated.
If you are reading this, but can’t participate in a Future2 Challenge yourself, please do the next best thing and donate to someone who is.
What do you hope to achieve by participating in the Future2 Hiking Challenge?
Personally, I hope to get to the end of the hike intact and under my own steam. I know there will be times when I don’t think I can keep going, but I am determined to give it my best shot.
I hope my participation will also raise awareness in my local area of the Future2 Foundation and the great work it does.
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