Sore feet for good cause

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By SAM DUFF

Whel­don Cur­zon- Hob­son will walk 180 kilo­me­tres around Wellington and then to Palmer­ston North this month to help change the lives of young peo­ple.

Mr Cur­zon-Hob­son, 45, said the pur­pose of the walk was for young peo­ple to share in­spi­ra­tional sto­ries with him.

‘‘I meet a whole lot of young peo­ple in our area who are do­ing bril­liant things,’’ he said.

The Kingston man said he would pub­lish a book from the sto­ries gath­ered.

‘‘If peo­ple start hear­ing sto­ries from dif­fer­ent worlds, hope­fully that will in­spire them.’’

The au­thor and e- learn­ing ad­viser said his only con­cern about walk­ing 180km was sore feet.

‘‘ There are so many peo­ple around the world who have to walk thou­sands of kilo­me­tres be­cause of war and famine, so what’s a few kilo­me­tres?’’

Money raised from the walk would go to­wards pub­lish­ing and dis­tribut­ing the book for free, he said.

‘‘I am aim­ing for about 10,000 copies of the book to be given out in in­ter­me­di­ate schools.’’

Mr Cur­zon-Hob­son has never done a ma­jor walk be­fore, but has writ­ten two books about work­ing with young peo­ple in Lon­don and Manila.

‘‘I re­ally want to in­spire them. When they are young, most peo­ple want to change the world.’’

Young peo­ple had amaz­ing ideas, but they needed a push, he said.

‘‘In Manila, some­body took this river weed that is re­ally dam­ag­ing and started turn­ing it into de­signer bags.’’

His five-day walk will be­gin in Lower Hutt on Novem­ber 18. He will walk through Porirua and Kapiti on Novem­ber 19 and 20 and then head north.

Walk­ing man: Whel­don Cur­zon-Hob­son wants to help im­prove the lives of young peo­ple.

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