Sunshine People was set up to highlight the changes in our society and the need to stay connected through kindness. It has never been as important in our education and leadership with the shift towards technology to keep human connection at the forefront of our conversations.
Set up after her partner died on a charity cycle challenge the founder, Nahla Summers completes a challenge each year and asks people to show their support not by donating money to a charity but by doing an act of kindness for a stranger instead.
She had started by doing smaller challenges just asking her friends and family to do the acts of kindness. What started to emerge was a wave of kindness stories that was changing hearts and minds. Ultimately, changing the way people saw the world and it inspired her to keep going and make her challenges even bigger.
In 2018 Nahla cycled 3,000 miles across America after purchasing her bike just six weeks prior. She is a woman who understand the power of the mind and a ‘can do’ attitude.
2019 she walked from Swanage, Dorset to Gretna Green 500 miles visiting schools along the way promoting kindness through speaking, workshops and more sunshine people events. She promotes the ties that kindness and a higher emotional intelligence and wellbeing has on society and wants to promote this from the bottom up.
2020 will see Nahla take on 20 challenges in 20 countries. With a dedicated social media team and cinematographer on board. A film will be produced and you will be able to follow the progress and antics of the challenges through social media.
All the challenges will be based on the principal of kindness. Feed 100 people with £10, a day of free listening, give 100 hugs, build a well and so on. The idea is start the biggest global movement towards kindness.
Website - www.acultureofkindness.co.uk
Website - www.sunshinepeople.org.uk
Kickstarter Campaign - Find out more HERE!
For any organisations to join up withe the 1 million acts of kindness they simply need to fill out this form.
Instagram - @sponsorkindness
Twitter - @sponsorkindness
Facebook - @sponsorkindness
We first spoke with Mimi in December 2015, where she shared more about her early life, how she got into endurance running.
During the first episode we go into more depth about some of the bigger challenges she has done, for example breaking the world record for fastest women running JOGLE (John O’Groats to Lands End - 840 miles) in the UK in 2008.
(This record has since been broken in 2019 by Sharon Gayter - You can listen to Sharon share more about this on the Tough Girl Podcast.)
“The only way of finding the limits of
the possible is by going beyond them
into the impossible”
During this episode we catch up with Mimi and find out what’s she’s been up to since. We talk in detail about her dream of running across America, we talk about fears and failure and having to let go of running and try new sports.
Mimi talks really openly and honestly during this episode, I had a tear in my eye when I was recording it and a tear in my eye when I edited it.
You have been warned it does get emotional!
- Quick update from Mimi
Website - http://www.marvellousmimi.com
Bruna is a dedicated adventure sport explorer.
Bruna has solo-climbed the tallest mountain in the Western Hemisphere (Aconcagua, 23,000 ft), whitewater rafted the entirety of the Grand Canyon (226 river miles), and sailed across half of the Pacific Ocean, 6,100 nautical miles!
During this podcast Bruna shares more about her early years, how she got into hiking and how her love of adventure has evolved. Bruna shares stories from hiking in the mountains and kayaking down rivers.
We also learn more about Conquer a new website to connect adventurers to new challenges!
Website - https://brunaadventures.weebly.com
Sign up for Conquer - http://launch.conquersignup.com/early
Beth in her own words….
I’ve traveled a lot and have had what many would consider some pretty adventurous trips.
I’ve completed (twice) the 25-day, 220-mile Snowman Trek in Bhutan (one of the most difficult treks in the world), climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and reached the top at 19,341 feet, finished marathons in Hawaii, Tokyo, Portland and Seattle.
I ran my first marathon at 50, ran five marathons that year (including two back-to-back marathons where one was an ultra at 31 miles), ran the Seattle Quadzilla (four marathons in four days) and have qualified for the Boston Marathon twice.
I’m currently working on my next book, Be Bold: Discover Your Best Self Through Travel and Adventure.
I’ve also written a guide For Women Traveling to India.
In 2019, I ran the Epic5 Ultra (5 ultras in 5 days on 5 Hawaiian islands).
In 2020, I am running the 4 Deserts which consists of running 155 miles over six days in four deserts–the Gobi, the Namib, the Atacama and Antarctica.
Personal Website - https://wanderlustandlipstick.com
Website Wander Tours- https://wandertours.com
Be Bold Podcast - http://beboldpodcast.com
Facebook - @ShesBoldPodcast
Instagram - @wandergal @bethwhitwa
Helen shares more about her journey into cycling as well as the different challenge she’s undertaken.
In September 2015, Helen took her first foray into multi-day, solo bike touring by cycling the classic route from Lands End to John O’Groats (LEJOG). Helen cycled a distance of 1,000 miles in 13 days!
In January 2016, Helen met Mike on Tinder! Through a mutual love of cycling and wanting to travel the world. They started planning a cycle trip around the world! After moving in together, working multiple jobs to save money. They started their adventure on the 4th April 2017. They returned in August 2018, married, completely in love with the world and one another! They rode over 30,000 km, through 30 countries. Helen shares more about the planning and preparation as well as the challenges of being on the road and what she learned from the experience.
Helen also shares more about her next big challenge in 2020! It’s a BIG challenge!!!!!
Website - https://helenlangridge.com
Twitter - @HelenCycling
Instagram - @helen.langridge