A small team of Kiwi carers is preparing to travel to Porto in Portugal for an unforgettable two week journey, walking one of the famous pilgrimages to Santiago in Spain.
The Camino Portugues has been walked for centuries by pilgrims who use their long days on the road reflecting, meditating, and finding peace.
The destination of many European walking pilgrimages is the Cathedral of St James in Santiago, which the Kiwi walkers will visit ... but their real destination is Finisterre, long known as 'the end of the world'.
This beautiful rocky point is symbolic of the long journey carers often experience when supporting others who are ill, dying, have chronic conditions, or for any reason require intensive support from a family carer.
Carers go to the end of the world and back again every day for someone they care about. But they can forget to look after their own wellbeing.
Two thirds of carers experience depression, nearly 40% receive injuries in their caring roles, and many struggle with stress and anxiety disorders.
Finding a bit of time out each day can help to relieve some of the pressures of caring.
Each day of the walk, from 2 to 16 May, Carers NZ will promote one if its free wellbeing resources, programmes, and services. We'll also be posting updates from carers doing the walk here at the website and at our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/carersnz
If you're a carer and you could use some support or help, you can also phone our helpline, 0800 777 797, during business hours. Or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Or click here to watch the video, which features Ian, James, and Julie Hansen of Auckland. Ian is one of our camino walkers!
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