‘Everyone I Love’ – Wolf Runner Jodi

We are a pack of 17 women running the Winter Wolf Run on Sunday 3rd November to raise money for two causes: the mental health charity MIND and the Women in Power (WiP) Bursary Fund. Please read our full story and donate here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/wip-wolf-run

Today we hear from Jodi who tells us about her own depression and of those in her life:

‘Nearly everyone I love has some challenge with their mental health.’

We raise money annually for the WiP Bursary Fund but this year is different; we are running and fundraising in honour of our sister and friend, Jayne Blackman, who died by suicide in 2018. We want to double our fundraising so that we can give to both organisations.

Taking on the Winter Wolf Run is no small feat. Each woman running is doing so for their own personal reasons as well as for our collective goal. We range in age from 5 decades, from different walks of life and represent the power of communal action.

Let’s hear more from Jodi

I didn’t know Jayne personally, but I remember vividly her check out after my WiP initiation experience, which she staffed. She seemed to me fearless and so strong, and now I know she was both those things, to battle with depression for so long. I’ve had depression since I was a teenager, and more recently anxiety too. Nearly everyone I love has some challenge with their mental health. I love that WiP, which has helped me so much with my own mental health challenges – though I feel they will always be with me – now brings me the chance to raise a little money for Mind, and for other women to do WiP too. Running has always intimidated me, so it seems like an apt challenge for me to do something for mental health, which can also feel intimidating. Less so when we do it together.

Please donate here https://www.gofundme.com/f/wip-wolf-run and give what you can. For each donation, big or small, we thank you so much for helping us achieve our goal and giving back to organisations creating positive change in the world.

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