First up under my new Women on the Move page is Kiko Matthews from the United Kingdom. I found her on Instagram – kikomatthews. I just happened to be scrolling and she popped up and I decided to take a closer look at what she was doing. Little did I know I would be so blown away by her and her story!
I’m always amazed by how certain events in our life will light a fire under us and create a new passion. It is no different in Kiko Matthew’s case. In 2009 she was diagnosed with Cushing’s disease. Cushing’s attacks the pituitary gland and wreaks havoc on the bodies skin and muscular systems. What makes her so interesting? Well, for starters, she is attempting to row across the Atlantic (that’s 3000 miles) unsupported starting January 2018. Adding her name to the 5 other women who have done this, she hopes to not only add her name to the list but beat the current record of 56 days by 11 days!
You can find her at her wonderful site http://www.kikomatthews.co.uk/! But wait…there’s more. Kiko is also a business owner. In 2015 she started her own Stand Up Paddle Board (SUP) business. From her site:
Founded in 2015, SUPKiko delivers stand up paddle-boarding lessons in Richmond and Hackney. It was responsible for the birth of a scheme called #trash4treats, which has now been taken on by The Big Stand. In collaboration with Moo Canoes, #trash4treats incorporates SUP lessons and experiences (or canoe) with collecting trash from London’s waterways. For every bucket of litter collected during the paddle, customers receive a treat from a local partner/business.
And a Foundation….
The Big Stand
Founded in November 2015 by myself and my co-founder Charlie Head, The Big Stand aims to empower with education and inspire through adventure. The environment and well-being are at the heart of the charity, with the ultimate aim of developing confidence and creating happier, healthier people and environments.
There is a LOT going on here and all of it wonderful. There is so much to discover you really can’t do it in one sitting. I did take time to read her Values and Passion page. I really liked that it aligned to my thinking as well. There is so much more to discover, so thank goodness I’m dedicating a page!
One of her favorite charities is Women in Sport, UK. From the site:
Women in Sport
Women in sport are a charity in association with Sport England that research, invest and support women and girls in sport, trying to bring equality to the sports industry as well as promoting and encouraging more women to take up sport, leading to a healthier life. I am passionate about the benefits of sport and encouraging equality between genders and would like to support the charity to help develop both of these on a national and international basis.
Whew! Exciting and I can’t wait to follow her voyage! You can also donate to Kiko here: http://www.kikomatthews.co.uk/get-involved/.