Dad’s accident inspires son’s fundraiser trek
Inspired walker coming this way soon
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.