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Follow your heart and make some little gestures.

World Vision
11 December 2014 by Fiona Trewhitt
Follow your heart and make some little gestures.

Fiona is passionate about inspiring women to live healthier, happier lives, particularly during and post pregnancy.

Becoming a parent opens your heart up to whole new world of love. A love so strong and unconditional. A love partnered with a fierce desire to protect, nourish and guide your little people to grow and thrive in the world.

In the five years I’ve been a mother, my life has been enriched by this love and I can no longer imagine even one minute of life without it. When friends and family have lost children, way too soon and beyond comprehension, I struggle to even imagine the pain of this. The intensity is too much for anyone to bear.

To learn that each year, almost 3 million babies die in the first 30 days of life astounds me. It touches a place deep in your heart that you almost don’t want to acknowledge. I could turn away from this and simply cuddle my babies, knowing that we live in a time and place that affords us everything we need to care for and raise our children. My family is safe, these statistics don’t apply to me.

Mother Phany lifts up her baby daughter Kannha, who is healthy and happy. Photo by Ratana Lay, World Vision

Mother Phany lifts up her baby daughter Kannha, who is healthy and happy because Phany knows to feed her nutritious foods. Photo by Ratana Lay, World Vision

But my heart knows better. We can’t live in isolation of the rest of the world. I can’t live in a bubble with my babies, being ignorant of pain elsewhere in the world. My heart knows that little gestures add up to make a big difference. Intuitively I know that goodness and generosity is important. As important to those on the receiving end as it is to the giver.

I’ve struggled in the early days with a new baby, but I had volumes of support, education and resources. I suffered a traumatic birth with my firstborn, but had a surgical team and blood from three donors to allow me to survive and recover. I shudder to wonder what would have been my fate if I were in a developing country.

To know that collectively we can enhance infant survival rates by contributing to the education, nutrition and healthcare of families in developing countries is heartwarming. My work with new mothers, a passion for creating healthier and happier families, along with my personal experiences of early motherhood make it a no brainer to get involved with this campaign.

So I’m taking the challenge. January will see me be active everyday. In amongst the summer fun and beach holidays, I’ll be walking, running, yoga-ing, and strength training, all with my mind on the difference I can make. And I’ll be asking my friends, family and followers to join me in making a difference and contributing funds when they can.

Join World Vision’s 30for30 Fitness Challenge in January 2015 and help a child survive past 30 days of life.

Fiona Trewhitt Fiona Trewhitt

Fiona Trewhitt is a mother of three, developer of the Mumafit IPhone app, and a Life and Wellness Coach working nationally with mothers. Fiona is passionate about inspiring women to live healthier, happier lives, particularly during and post pregnancy. For more: www.mumafit.com.au or join over 11,000 other women @mumafit on Instagram or Facebook.

 

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