Adventure of a lifetime all about the kids
Kerrin Revell had never even patted a horse when he agreed to ride around the country with his wife Genevieve.
“On our first date she told me about her idea and I said: ‘Yeah, I’ll do that’.”
After nearly a year of adventure, excitement and the odd broken bone, Kerrin’s hooked.
The Auckland pair started the trip last May, riding and driving a horse and cart from Cape Reinga to Bluff and back to raise money for CanTeen.
So far they have raised nearly $25,000 with a month of the trip left.
At 11.45am tomorrow they will ride up Queen St in a sulky to meet mayor John Banks in Aotea Square.
The couple are putting together a documentary and book about their journey.
“There will be more stories in the book because you can’t capture everything on film. If we didn’t do the book people might not believe the documentary,” Kerrin says.
“We’re fitting a lifetime of events into one year.”
Genevieve had planned a shorter ride around the North Island for fun.
But Kerrin suggested they travel the South Island as well and use the trip to raise money for a charity.
They say the cause helped keep them motivated.
“It’s such a tough period in life. To have cancer thrown in as well is incredibly tough. Their attitudes are amazing,” Kerrin says.
The pair started out on horseback but Kerrin had surgery and couldn’t ride so they swapped to a sulky.
They say people have been supportive and businesses have sponsored many aspects of their trip.
Friends and family have taken turns to follow the two in a motorhome.
CanTeen collectors will be at Aotea Square tomorrow. People can text canteen to 883 to donate $3, or go to www.downacrossup.co.nz.
Horsing around: Kerrin and Genevieve Revell hang out with Doof, who has pulled them in a sulky from Wellington to Auckland.