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Shift your body, Shift your mind! Sponsor a kilometre for young women’s wellbeing!

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Kia ora! I'm Fran, the Founder of Shift.

I’m also a massive advocate for ‘shifting your body to shift your mind’. In November of this year I will be taking on a 165km ultramarathon across the Oman desert. Crazy?! But for a great cause! I’m doing this to raise money for the work The Shift Foundation does to improve the wellbeing of young women through physical activity, leadership and empowerment. My run will be entirely self-funded and any donations made will go directly towards the cost of running The Shift Foundation.

Watch my video to find out more about why I’m competing in this epic adventure and what Shift means to me.


I’m looking to raise $5K which will be used by The Shift Foundation to prototype new programmes and services co-designed alongside young women to improve wellbeing outcomes.

To do this, I’ve assigned a value of $30 per kilometre and with your help, I’m confident we can get the full 165KM!


Lucky for me I’m doing this with my buddy - Hayam Essam from Cairo. She is also an advocate for the power of movement to improve the wellbeing for women and girls, and we met in 2016 as alumni of the US Department of State & espnW Global Sports Mentoring Programme - Empower Women through Sports! She is training in the hot Egyptian summer, while I’m over here training in our (very mild!) winter.

The Oman desert marathon is 165KM (6 stages). We’ll be entirely self-sufficient - carrying our equipment, sleeping bag, food etc on our backs! The race will take place from 15 to 23 November 2019 - starting from the Alwasil Oasis of Bidiyah and finishing on the shore of the Arabian Sea, crossing one of the most beautiful deserts in the world.

For more information, visit the official race website:

About us

The Shift Foundation’s (Shift) vision is young women flourishing in their communities. We put young women at the centre of everything we do, and aim to improve their wellbeing through connection, empowerment, movement and leadership.

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I’m looking to raise $5K which will be used by The Shift Foundation to prototype new programmes and services co-designed alongside young women to improve wellbeing outcomes.

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So far from home and only three sleeps to go!  14 November 2019

Kia ora whānau,

I've arrived! And it's spectacular! The Middle East has a special place in my heart and I'm loving visiting a new part of it.

The flight was lllloooonnnnggggg - 26 hours to get to Oman. I battled to keep my eyes open until 6pm last night but today has been much better.

An early run along the beach, with a full moon watching over us, followed by a fabulous breakfast at our boutique accommodation (pancakes, fruit, homemade yogurt, hummus and fresh bread - yum!). Spent the day in Muscat visiting the Mutrah Souq, Oman National Museum, the Sultans Palace and Qurum Beach + more incredible food and of course a lemon mint.

I'm feeling really grateful to be here, and supremely grateful to all the generous humans who donated or shared this page to help support Shift. I'm amped to get going on Thursday (when we head into the desert) and to begin the adventure on Saturday morning. If you want to follow on visit - I think there will be daily updates and you can even send me a message!

So.... thank you and wish me luck! I'll check back in post race to let you know how grueling (and probably life changing) it was.

Arohanui xxx

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  • Roger

    Roger 1 day ago


    You're past your target already Fran and you haven't even started yet. Maybe resting up with your feet in an ocean would be a better option than running through a big sandpit. But in case you choose the hard option go well, and good luck. We'll be projecting lots of strength and cool water thoughts.


  • Chris

    Chris 3 days ago



  • Gillian

    Gillian 4 days ago


    Go girl!


  • Laura

    Laura 4 days ago


    Best of luck Fran! Can't wait to hear all about it.


  • Bria

    Bria on 08 Nov 2019


    Superstar! I'll miss you in the office while you're away! Have an amazing time, watch out for scorpions....and if you see a coffee shop on your run, you need to drink more water and eat something hahaha


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