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William Penwell

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I'm walking from Cape Reinga to Bluff following the Te Araroa trail to raise money for The Fred Hollows Foundation to restore sight!

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I developed a love of tramping through the fantastic opportunities provided by the 14th Christchurch Boy’s Brigade Company, with which I am now a volunteer leader.

The Te Araroa trail is a 3000km journey that spans the length of New Zealand from Cape Reinga to Bluff. I will be walking from the North down, over a period of 4 - 6 months through cities, towns, farms and backcountry bush, starting mid-November 2016. I am immensely passionate about hiking, and revel at the chance to spend a sustained period of time experiencing the diverse landscapes of New Zealand. I believe that I should explore and experience what my own country has to offer before travelling overseas. I will be travelling with my close high school friend, James Wright.

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From working at Specsavers I was introduced to the Fred Hollows Foundation, a non-profit aid organisation that aims to restore sight to those who are unable to access adequate eye care. Working as an optical assistant gave me an appreciation for the huge impact that poor eye health can have on a person’s life. Living in a developed western country, I cannot imagine the trials faced by people suffering from preventable eye diseases without medical care. It is for this reason that I have chosen to use this walk as a means to raise funds and awareness for the Fred Hollows Foundation.

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“Well done, Will.”
“You're awesome Will!”
“Really proud of you, Will. The end's in sight now.”
“Doing great Will. So proud of your distance covered. Keep going 🌿 Tash and Ella”
“That's the North Island completed. You're over half way. Keep up the good work.”
“Halfway, almost! Best wishes”
“More people in the world like you would make it a better place, good luck and happy hiking”
“Hi William and James Thank you both so much for helping me when I fell down the bank. You did an amazing job, using all your first aid knowledge. I am very appreciative of everything you did. I wish you well with the rest of your walk.”
“Best of luck. A great cause.”
“Hope the feet are surviving and you have a chance to take in the scenery. The West Coast of the South Island will be good. All the best and a Merry Christmas.”
  • $2,130.00 donated
  • 51 generous donors

$2,130 donated


  Closed This fundraiser page was created on 14 Jun 2016 and closed at 00:00 NZST (UTC +12:00) on 16 Apr 2017.

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