My name is Rochele and I organize the GirlTrek Trek Trailblazers in Pasadena, Ca. After being a part of the GT group for over a year and seeing women come together for walks I just had to be part of it. Women were surfacing on my timeline with blue shirts by the masses making walking look so fun.
What is GirlTrek?
In the footsteps of a civil rights legacy, GirlTrek is a national health movement that activates thousands of Black women to be change makers in their lives and communities — through walking.
Most ask how will just walking change my life? It is simple. Walking is one of the best things you can do for yourself. Black Women are dying way too early from diseases that can be prevented or reversed. I decided that I will not go out like that. I will now accept my families curse of diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. My number one goal is to tackle these ailments. Just as Harriet Tubman walked she also came back to get others to set them free. I want to see families and communities free of disease. We should no longer suffer from things that we can change.
GirlTrek has changed my life and the way I value my health, sisterhood and Black History. I look forward to putting on my superhero blue shirt and walking. When people see me I want them to know I am walking for everything I stand for and believe in. I am not afraid of change or representing something I believe in.
One of the best things about GirlTrek is that no matter where I travel. I can always find a group to join.
I visited Atlanta and met up with Carla Haynesworth Harris (national staff). We walked around beautiful Stone Mountain. Ther were so many trees, lakes, birds, squirrels, and so much peace. The ambiance was to die for. I was going through some changes in my life and completing that Trek made me feel renewed.
In March of this year, I joined a GT group in Oakland organized by Billie Hanson-Dupree and we walked around Lake Merritt. From this Trek, I made connections with a few of the sisters. We will also meet up in Jamacia in November for the Reggae Marathon. The connections I have made through this organization are remarkable.
In my hometown of Pasadena, a group of us ladies met up for the ribbon-cutting of the revamped Deadman Hill on Arroyo where we meet some weeks.
Last Saturday GirlTrek gave me the opportunity to go to United State of Women in Los Angeles. I was surrounded by thousands of powerful women. I got to attend some great workshops, network, and support women. I also got to witness a wonderful interview Tracy Ellis-Ross did with former First Lady Michelle Obama.
On Sunday GirlTrek hosted a “Self-Care for Freedom Fighters”. A workshop, led by Sandra Washington and Jewel Bush. They did an excellent job of teaching us how to care for self. I also had the opportunity to give my TrekTestimony, telling women why I choose GT and how it changed my life.
This Saturday in honor of Mother’s Day I am hosting a Hats off to Mother's Day walk-in Pasadena. I’m asking that you join me and please wear a blue shirt, your favorite hat, comfortable tennis shoes, water, towel and a friend or two.
Click the link below to RSVP here’s my invitation to the GirlTrek movement.
Fannie Lou Hamer