Te Araroa for MS Awareness!

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Given by 140 generous donors in around 8 months

Hiking the South Island along Te Araroa to raise Multiple Sclerosis awareness!


Kia Ora,

This year I am hiking the South Island along Te Araroa and hope to raise awareness and much-needed support for the Multiple Sclerosis community!

I was diagnosed with MS in 2017 when I was 24. You can read about my story here https://www.msnz.org.nz/blake-avid-traveller-and-positive-thinker/

If you google MS you'll find that for every story of hope, there are 100 more stories of despair. This isn't a fair representation of the MS community! I wish I had known that as I scrolled through endless stories showing nothing but wheelchairs and disability. Hopefully, through sharing this journey, we can highlight a story of hope especially for those newly diagnosed and their loved ones.

Any funds you can spare would help provide those in our community with the support necessary to help them through their MS journey.

Thank you so much for your support! Appreciate you all x

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Plan change!  7 March 2022

Hello everybody!

Unfortunately, all the setbacks we’ve experienced in this journey have forced me to ‘only’ hike the South Island this season. It turns out that life off trail doesn’t stop; even if you’re forced to for a few months!

I just wanted to be fully transparent with everyone. Thank you so much for the support!

Big love xx

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Jayde on 07 May 2022
Jed on 07 May 2022
You are an inspiration! Doing good work for the world
Dori on 06 May 2022
Super proud
Luala on 06 May 2022
Was für eine tolle Reise!
Renae on 06 May 2022
Such an inspiration Blake!!

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