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Walking With Wings - for Cystic Fibrosis NZ and Taranaki Retreat (mental health)

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Given by 5 generous donors in 17 days

Shane Kidby is walking Aotearoa’s 15,000 km coastline for cystic fibrosis and mental health. It may take him 2 years to complete.

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Shane Kidby (48 years) is attempting to walk Aotearoa’s entire coastline to raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis and mental health in honour of his late brother and terminally ill mother.

Cystic fibrosis and mental health are close to New Plymouth resident, Shane Kidby’s heart. When he was only nine years old, Shane lost his little brother, Daniel, to cystic fibrosis. His mother is currently terminally ill with cancer and Shane, himself, had a hip replacement a few years ago as a result of Perthes disease as a child. Shane is all too familiar with mental health battles experienced as a consequence of ‘life’. This epic adventure, Walking With Wings, is part of his grander plan to live his life with purpose and help others find theirs.

Shane says this hikoi has been a long held dream, ever since he was a kid when he and Daniel would pretend to be explorers.

"It’s been my lifelong goal, but there will be a lot of challenges," Shane explains.

"New Zealand’s coastline has some wild and formidable terrain; and our winters are tough.

"I know it will be gruelling, both physically and mentally. I have been training for a few months now with the help of experts. I will give it my best shot, but it’s a big challenge that only one other person has completed before.

“I was going to start walking in August and leave from Cape Reinga, but it's my Mum's dream to see me start so instead I am starting my walk on the 26 June 2021 at New Plymouth. I'll tackle the coastline in stages - step by step, stage by stage. Each stage alone is a huge achievement. I estimate the entire coastline will take me a couple of years to complete.

"It’s my mum’s wish to see me start this journey and I know that Daniel will be with me in spirit”.

Shane will be using his trek to raise both awareness and donations for his nominated charities - Taranaki Retreat and Cystic Fibrosis NZ.

He invites New Zealanders to follow, donate and join him on this journey.

• Who: Shane Kidby, from New Plymouth.

• What: Attempting to traverse the 15,000 km coastline of Aotearoa (only one other person, Brando (Wild Boy) Yelavich, has ever done this before).

• Why: Raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis and mental health

• When: Start 26 June 2021 (may take about 2 years).

• How: Will be done in stages and reviewed at the end of each stage.

• Where: Facebook ‘@Walkingwithwingsnz’, Instagram ‘walkingwithwings Shane Kidby’

• Chosen charity partners: Taranaki Retreat (suicide prevention centre) and Cystic Fibrosis New Zealand.

• Funds for the adventure: Funding most himself, but help appreciated at

• Business partners so far: Swazi, TrackMe, Macpac, Oboz Footwear, Shining Peak Brewery, Game Changer, Kings Society Barbershop, Greg Brien Physiotherapist, YMCA Taranaki Fitness Centre, The Most FM – more in progress.

• Contact or phone 0274 132 638

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Latest update

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I am starting my walk! THANK YOU!!  5 June 2021

Posted by: Shane Kidby

And here’s what we’ve all been looking forward to - I’m starting my #WalkingWithWings!!!!!!!

I did plan to start in August from Cape Reinga, but, my Mum is seriously unwell and it’s her dream to see me start walking. So, I’m now starting from New Plymouth and heading south towards Wellington so that my Mum can see me start and I’ll be close to home for my family.

I’ll be starting at Shining Peak Brewing in New Plymouth on the 26 June. If you are around, come on in to Shining Peak Brewing between 10 and 11 am to say hello and see me start. All are welcome.

A massive thank you to my family, friends and partners. Wouldn’t be happening without you.

Yep. I’m really doing this!

You can donate to: Cystic Fibrosis NZ and Taranaki Retreat at

Again - THANK YOU Shining Peak Brewing for hosting the event and your 5% project going towards the Taranaki CF Branch.

Thank you to my partners:


Trackme NZ

Oboz Footwear


Shining Peak Brewing


Greg Brien Physiotherapy

YMCA Taranaki Fitness Centre

Game Changer

Kings Society Barbershop


Vogeltown Pharmacy

#cysticfibrosisawareness #cfsiblings #mentalhealthawareness #ItsOkayNottobeOkay

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Latest donations

Jacqueline 6 days ago
Wishing you and your dad all the best on your walk. May Linda Rest In Peace now she is reunited with Daniel.
Shane Kidby

Thank you so much! Really appreciated

Shane Kidby
Shay on 13 Jun 2021
Shane Kidby

Thank you so much Shay. Your contribution to these causes means a lot.

Shane Kidby
Adrian on 12 Jun 2021
A great cause, all the best! Also please check the link from your other page, didn't work for me.
Shane Kidby

Thank you so much for your generous donation Adrian. Thank you for alerting me to the broken link. Hopefully it is fixed now. Really appreciate.

Shane Kidby
Ashleigh on 10 Jun 2021
Shane Kidby

Thank you so very much

Shane Kidby
TrackMe NZ
TrackMe NZ on 08 Jun 2021
Here is to start your Tracking Support
Shane Kidby

TrackMe NZ .... THANK YOU! Your donation and support is very much appreciated. Thank you so much for partnering with Walking With Wings and providing a GPS and the Follow My Challenge page so people can watch my progress. You guys and your service is amazing.

Shane Kidby

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