Dare to believe in our common humanity.
Six years ago, Shannon Galpin walked away from her career as an athletic trainer and used her own limited funds to launch Mountain2Mountain and “be the change” she wished to see in the world. Today, Shannon and the M2M team, are just returning from their latest trip to Afghanistan where they launched the Streets of Afghanistan project and rode bicycles through Kabul to raise awareness of cultural barriers and empower women and girls in conflict regions.
We believe in the power of voice as a catalyst for social action.
Here at Osprey, we are proud to support Shannon and M2M’s work, both in the US and in Afghanistan. This year in particular, we’re incredibly proud of Shannon, who is one of the National Geographic Adventure’s Adventurer of the Year nominees—and you can vote for her throughout all of November and into January! To celebrate and stoke the fire of Shannon’s work, we’re highlighting this incredible organization for the entire month of November. Please join us and spread the word about M2M.
Here’s what you can do:
- Use your voice. Share a photo or video from M2M with your online network on Facebook. Make sure to tag M2M and Osprey Packs in your post.
- Tell a story. Post a photo of your own on the Osprey Packs Facebook wall. Your photo can be of someone that inspires you, or an image that you believe exemplifies our common humanity. Just make sure to write a short caption that tells us about your image.
At the end of the month, we will be choosing three people at random to highlight right here on our blog and Facebook page and we will also award each winner with an Osprey Raptor Hydration Pack!
Please share your stories between November 7 and 29. We will choose three winners on Friday, November 30. You can share and submit from anywhere in the world, but we will only ship prizes to addresses within the United States and Canada.
Mountain2Mountain‘s short film, Waking Lions, will show on the big screen this weekend in Golden, Colo. as the expo for the USA Pro Cycling Tour rolls through on its finale day into Denver. If you’re going to be in town for the tour, don’t miss this inspiring and thought-provoking film.
Also, make sure to swing by Mountain2Mountain’s booth and support the Panjshir Tour and their work for women’s rights!
It takes an army.
“Not a military one. An army of women. A battalion of passionate mothers, daughters, and sisters that are milling to sacrifice time, money, and energy to be crusaders of gender equality and human rights… An army of committed women can change the world.”
In 2006 Shannon Galpin, a single mom from Breckenridge, Colorado with no experience in aid work,
sold her home and flew to Kabul, Afghanistan with the goal of empowering the women and children of that region.
“I am tired and I have said ‘Enough’. I am not going to sit on the sidelines and allow atrocities to happen against women.”