Dad’s ac­ci­dent in­spires son’s fundraiser trek

In­spired walker com­ing this way soon

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

Cheer on Brad Knyvett when he walks through Mata­mata on his way to raise funds for St John.

Un­less he gets held up, the for­mer lo­cal should be walk­ing through Mata­mata about Novem­ber 23 on his way to Bom­bay.

While he had man­aged to get a lit­tle ahead of sched­ule, he said he had rather sore feet which could be trou­ble­some.

He was look­ing for­ward to walk­ing through Mata­mata ‘‘be­cause I have had a lot of support from back home’’.

‘‘I have heaps of support so far, that has just kept grow­ing since I started my walk.’’

The Massey Univer­sity ag sci­ence grad­u­ate is walk­ing the length of the North Is­land in a quest to support St John after they pro­vided life-sav­ing care to his crit­i­cally in­jured fa­ther last year.

‘‘My fa­ther was in­volved in a mo­tor­bike ac­ci­dent on our fam­ily farm near Mata­mata,’’ he said.

‘‘His in­juries were crit­i­cal and if it wasn’t for St John it could’ve been a dif­fer­ent out­come.’’

This in­spired Knyvett to learn first aid and cre­ate this fundrais­ing event to raise aware­ness of the im­por­tance of St John.

His par­ents were not sur­prised by the epic, un­selfish task he had set him­self.

‘‘ Noth­ing Brad does sur­prises us,’’ his mum Chris­tine said.

Her out­go­ing son had al­ways been in­volved in tramp­ing and other on-the-go ac­tiv­i­ties, she said.

She said he had timed the trek well as he has a break be­tween exams and start­ing work for an in­surance company at the be­gin­ning of next year.

‘‘ He will prob­a­bly never have a bet­ter gap in his life where he can do some­thing so un­selfish as this.’’

Knyvett fin­ished his ag sci­ence exam on Novem­ber 6 and started the fundrais­ing trip the next day.

The trip be­gan at Cape Pal­liser in south Wairarapa and he plans to get to Cape Reinga about De­cem­ber 12.

He trained for the 1200km trek, where he will have a support ve­hi­cle fol­low­ing him, by walk­ing to univer­sity and train­ing at night and week­ends on var­i­ous ter­rain.

To support Knyvett on his jour­ney and to help him in his quest to raise funds for St John, do­na­tions can be made on his fundrais­ing page at https:// fundraise­forstjohn. ev­ery­day­hero.com/nz/walk­for support.

Follow his progress by lik­ing his Face­book page face­book. com/ Walk­for Support.

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