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Why I’m Sweating with Pride

Why I’m Participating in Sweat with Pride

Participating in Sweat with Pride is my way of supporting our Rainbow communities, whose rights and well-being are close to my heart. Seeing the impact of inclusive policies like the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, which legalized same-sex marriage in New Zealand in 2013, underscores the importance of standing up for equal rights. This bill allowed same-sex couples to marry and adopt children jointly, changing countless lives for the better.

Additionally, the tireless efforts for safe abortion access, protections against revenge porn, and support for transgender rights demonstrate the ongoing need to advocate for our Rainbow communities. Fundraising through Sweat with Pride is a tangible way for me to contribute to these vital causes and ensure that everyone in our Rainbow communities feels valued and protected.

By sharing my journey and why this cause matters to me, I hope to inspire my friends and whānau to support this mission. Together, we can make a real difference in promoting equality and acceptance for all.

My Impact

So far in this year’s challenge I have…

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Unlocked a group peer support session for 20 Rainbow Kiwis.

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I’m sweating for 42 minutes
per day this June!

1,007 minutes completed
1,260 minutes goal

My Ranking

I’m #9 out of 4,316 Sweaty Bettys

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Lou Wall

Raised

$1,989

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My Updates

TEKAU MĀ WARU

Tuesday 18th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā tekau-waru (day 18) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I dedicated 55 minutes to my workout routine, once again surpassing my daily goal of 42 minutes. Participating in this initiative is incredibly important because it can help save lives. LGBTQ+ individuals often encounter discrimination and a lack of acceptance, which can contribute to mental health struggles and an increased risk of suicide. By supporting this initiative, we can work towards creating safer spaces and providing resources for those in crisis, potentially making a life-saving difference for individuals within our community. Ngā mihi nui for your ongoing support—let’s continue advocating for the well-being and safety of all LGBTQ+ individuals!

TEKAU MĀ WHITU

Monday 17th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā tekau-whitu (day 17) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I dedicated 55 minutes to my workout routine, once again surpassing my daily goal of 42 minutes. Religious Discrimination: Reflecting on broader societal challenges, I’m reminded of the harmful effects of religious discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals. This discrimination alienates us from our faith communities and spiritual beliefs, causing emotional distress and spiritual crisis. It fosters feelings of guilt, shame, and self-rejection, as well as internalized homophobia or transphobia. Additionally, religious discrimination may result in social ostracism, loss of social support, and a sense of existential uncertainty for LGBTQ+ individuals reconciling their identities with their faith. Ngā mihi nui for your ongoing support—let’s continue advocating for inclusive and affirming spaces within all religious communities!

TEKAU MĀ ONO

Sunday 16th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā tekau-ono (day 16) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I dedicated 72 minutes to my workout routine, inspired by the CHIEFS win last night, and surpassed my daily goal of 42 minutes by a significant margin. Educational Discrimination: Reflecting on broader societal challenges, I’m reminded of the harmful effects of educational discrimination against LGBTQ+ students. This discrimination disrupts learning environments and hinders academic achievement by fostering increased absenteeism, dropout rates, and academic underperformance. Bullying, harassment, or exclusion based on sexual orientation or gender identity contribute to these challenges. Additionally, educational discrimination impacts mental health, self-esteem, and future opportunities for LGBTQ+ individuals, perpetuating cycles of inequality and marginalization within educational settings. Ngā mihi nui for your ongoing support—let’s continue advocating for inclusive and supportive educational environments for all students!

TEKAU MĀ RIMA

Saturday 15th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā tekau-whitu (day 15) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I dedicated 59 minutes to my workout routine, once again surpassing my daily goal of 42 minutes. Family Discrimination: Reflecting on broader societal challenges, I’m reminded of the harmful effects of family discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals. This discrimination causes emotional distress, instability, and trauma for those who face rejection or hostility from family members. It can lead to strained relationships, loss of familial support, and feelings of alienation and abandonment. Additionally, family discrimination may contribute to homelessness, substance abuse, and mental health challenges among LGBTQ+ youth and adults. Ngā mihi nui for your ongoing support—let’s continue fostering acceptance and support within our families and communities!

TEKAU MĀ WHĀ

Friday 14th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā tekau-whā (day 14) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I dedicated 52 minutes to my workout routine, once again surpassing my daily goal of 42 minutes. Healthcare Discrimination: Reflecting on broader societal challenges, I’m reminded of the harmful effects of healthcare discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals. This discrimination compromises our well-being and safety by impeding access to quality and affirming healthcare services. It can lead to delayed or denied care, misdiagnosis, and inadequate treatment, exacerbating health disparities within our community. Additionally, healthcare discrimination undermines trust in the medical system, discouraging LGBTQ+ individuals from seeking essential care and support. Ngā mihi nui for your ongoing support—let’s continue advocating for equitable healthcare access and affirming treatment for all!

TEKAU MĀ TORU

Thursday 13th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā tekau-mā-toru (day 13) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I dedicated 50 minutes to my workout routine, once again surpassing my daily goal of 42 minutes. Workplace Discrimination: Reflecting on broader societal challenges, I’m reminded of the harmful effects of workplace discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals. This discrimination creates barriers to employment, career advancement, and fair treatment, resulting in economic instability, financial insecurity, and decreased job satisfaction. Additionally, workplace discrimination contributes to stress, anxiety, and diminished productivity, impacting both mental and physical health outcomes. Ngā mihi nui for your ongoing support—let’s continue advocating for inclusive workplaces and equal opportunities for all!

TEKAU MĀ RUA

Wednesday 12th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā tekau-mā-rua (day 12) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I dedicated 42 minutes to my workout routine, meeting my daily goal. Social Discrimination: Reflecting on broader societal challenges, I’m reminded of the harmful effects of social discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals. This discrimination fosters an environment of fear, isolation, and exclusion, leading to mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and low self-esteem. Additionally, social discrimination increases the risk of physical harm, harassment, and violence, exacerbating feelings of insecurity and trauma within our community. Ngā mihi nui for your ongoing support—let’s continue fostering inclusivity and acceptance for all!

TEKAU MĀ TAHI

Tuesday 11th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā tekau-mā-tahi (day 11) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I dedicated 64 minutes to my workout routine, once again surpassing my daily goal of 42 minutes. Legal Discrimination: Reflecting on the broader context, I’m reminded of the harmful effects of legal discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals. It denies us equal rights and protections under the law, fostering feelings of inequality, insecurity, and vulnerability. This discrimination restricts access to essential benefits, resources, and opportunities, perpetuating societal stigmatization and marginalization within our community. Ngā mihi nui for your ongoing support—let’s continue advocating for equality and justice for all!

TEKAU

Monday 10th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā tekau (day 10) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I dedicated 57 minutes to my workout routine, once again surpassing my daily goal of 42 minutes. Personal Empowerment: Reflecting on my journey with Sweat with Pride, I’m reminded of the profound impact it has had on my personal empowerment. Setting and achieving fitness goals within this program has not only boosted my self-confidence and self-esteem but has also empowered me to tackle challenges both within and outside of the fitness realm. Ngā mihi nui for your ongoing support—let’s continue empowering ourselves and others to reach new heights!

IWA

Sunday 9th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā iwa (day 9) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I dedicated 62 minutes to my workout routine, once again surpassing my daily goal of 42 minutes. Advocacy: As I continue with Sweat with Pride, I'm reminded of the platform it provides for actively supporting LGBTQ+ causes and raising awareness about important community issues. By participating in this program, we contribute to advocacy efforts aimed at promoting inclusivity and equality within society. Ngā mihi nui for your ongoing support—let’s keep advocating for positive change and making a difference together!

WARU

Saturday 8th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā waru (day 8) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I dedicated 44 minutes to my workout routine, once again surpassing my daily goal of 42 minutes. Community Support: Participating in Sweat with Pride continues to enrich my sense of belonging and camaraderie. Engaging in group fitness activities allows me to connect with like-minded individuals, fostering a supportive community network that empowers us all to thrive together. Ngā mihi nui for your ongoing support—let’s continue building our community and making a positive impact together!

WHITU

Friday 7th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā whitu (day 7) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I exercised for 50 minutes, a mix of walking and gym work. Exercise and PTSD/Trauma: Engaging your body during exercise can alleviate PTSD symptoms by shifting the nervous system away from the stress response. Activities such as walking, running, swimming, weight training, dancing, and outdoor sports are especially beneficial. Ngā mihi nui for your support—let’s remain resilient and keep making a positive impact together!

ONO

Thursday 6th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā ono (day 6) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I exercised for 50 minutes, once again surpassing my daily goal of 42 minutes. Exercise and ADHD: Regular exercise is one of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce ADHD symptoms and improve concentration, motivation, memory, and mood. Physical activity immediately boosts the brain’s levels of dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin—all of which enhance focus and attention. In this way, exercise works similarly to ADHD medications such as Ritalin and Adderall. Ngā mihi nui for your support—let’s stay strong and continue making a difference together!

RIMA

Wednesday 5th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā rima (day 5) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I exercised for 65 minutes, surpassing my daily goal of 42 minutes. Exercise is a powerful stress reliever. It helps relax tense muscles, alleviates physical symptoms like headaches and muscle cramps, and releases endorphins that improve mental well-being. By staying active, we can break the cycle of stress and enhance both our body and mind. Ngā mihi nui for your support—let’s stay strong and continue making a difference together!

WHĀ

Tuesday 4th Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my rā whā (day 4) update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I exercised for 59 minutes, surpassing my daily goal of 42 minutes. Exercise is a natural and effective treatment for āwangawanga (anxiety). It relieves tension and stress, boosts physical and mental energy, and enhances well-being through the release of endorphins. While any movement helps, you’ll benefit more by paying attention to your exercise. Notice the sensation of your feet hitting the ground, the rhythm of your breathing, or the feeling of the wind on your skin. Adding this mindfulness element helps improve your physical condition faster and can interrupt the flow of constant worries. Ngā mihi nui for your support—let’s stay strong and continue making a difference together!

TORU

Monday 3rd Jun
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Kia ora koutou! Here’s my day 3 update for Sweat with Pride. Today, I exercised for 55 minutes, surpassing my daily goal of 42 minutes. Exercise has significant benefits for mental health, particularly in treating depression. It can be as effective as antidepressants for mild to moderate depression, without the side effects. For example, a Harvard study found that 15 minutes of running or an hour of walking daily can reduce the risk of major depression by 26%. Regular exercise helps alleviate symptoms and prevent relapse by promoting neural growth, reducing inflammation, and creating new brain activity patterns that foster calm and well-being. It also releases endorphins and serves as a distraction from negative thoughts. Thank you for your support—let’s stay strong and continue making a difference together!

RUA

Sunday 2nd Jun
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RUA Kia ora koutou! I'm thrilled to give you my day 2 update for Sweat with Pride! Today, I crushed 65 minutes of activity, surpassing yesterday's 51 minutes. One of the best parts of this challenge is feeling the mental health benefits of consistent exercise. It's not just about physical health; it's a game-changer for mental well-being too. Exercise brings a huge sense of happiness, amps up energy levels, improves sleep, sharpens memory, and fosters relaxation and positivity. Plus, it's a powerful ally against depression, anxiety, and stress. Even small doses of exercise can make a big impact. Thanks for your ongoing support—it's crucial in our mission to promote equal rights and well-being. Let's stay strong, courageous, and resilient—keep pushing forward, and let's make a difference together!

Tahi

Saturday 1st Jun
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Tahi

Saturday 1st Jun
I’m excited to report that after day 1 of Sweat with Pride, I completed 51 minutes of activity, exceeding my goal of 42 minutes! Starting this challenge on such a high note is incredibly motivating, especially knowing that every minute helps support our Rainbow communities. Tēnā koutou for your support—it’s crucial in our collective effort to champion equal rights and well-being. Kia kaha, kia māia, kia manawanui—let’s continue to push forward and make a lasting difference together!

Thank you to my Sponsors

$400

Pott Whanau

Kia kaha, Lou! The Pott Whānau is proud to support you in raising funds for our Rainbow communities through Sweat with Pride. 🌈💦

$250

BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony

Keep on sweating! Arohanui, BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony.

$250

Nanny and Snowy-Rose

Kia Kaha Aunty Lou! Xx

$246

Prue

Kia kaha!

$100

Yvonne Johns

Ago Louisa x

$100

Lou Wall

$51

Pania Tahau-Hodges

So proud of you cuz! Arohanui, nā Pania māua ko Turi xx

$50

Linda Heavey

Go Lou! All the best.

$50

Kumuda Setty

All the best Louisa!

$50

BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony

Keep on sweating! Arohanui, BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony.

$50

Carolyn Edwards

$50

BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony

Keep on sweating! Arohanui, BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony.

$50

Nigel Chee

$49

Sarah

Done!! Kia kaha!!

$46

Tara DSousa

Go Louisa! So proud of your mahi for the rainbow community and gender equality in Aotearoa and globally!

$46

BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony

Keep on sweating! Arohanui, BNZ, Spark Health, and Synthony.

$46

Nikki Kaye

Great work Lou!

$40

Rhonda And Clive Wilcox

$40

Betty Sio

Malo Lou!

$25

Lois and Gaylene Hawley-Simmonds

Proud of you e hoa and this plight for the fight!

Most people donate $50

Please give what you can.

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