Ad­ven­ture of a life­time all about the kids

Auckland City Harbour News - - Front Page - By Janie Smith

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.

Photo JA­SON OXENHAM

Hors­ing around: Ker­rin and Genevieve Rev­ell hang out with Doof, who has pulled them in a sulky from Welling­ton to Auck­land.

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