Every step helps St John
Former Matamata man Brad Knyvett walked the length of the North Island in 1.3 million steps and was ‘‘stoked’’ to raise nearly $2000 for St John.
His goal was $500. He raised $1896.50 from 44 donations, averaging $43.10.
Immediately after finishing the trek in December Knyvett said he was knackered.
‘‘I would wake up and not have any energy even though I just woke up.’’
The 1150km adventure, which took 341⁄ was inspired by his gratitude to the ambulance service that provided life-saving care to his critically injured father after a motorbike accident on the family farm near Matamata last year.
‘‘I dont know if I would do it again any time soon but I definitely don’t regret it.’’
The highlights were being able to take in the scenery as he averaged 40km a day and seeing how it changed throughout the country.
Another highlight was experiencing the kindness of strangers.
‘‘ I was genuinely surprised by how many strangers took me in. I thought I would be camping a lot more than I ended up and it was nice to be able to have a shower and not have to make my dinner after walking all day.’’
The Massey University agriculture science graduate is milking cows on his parents’ farm until he starts work for an insurance company this month.
Knyvett’s donation page, facebook.com/Walkfor Support, will stay open for a couple of weeks for those who still wish to contribute.
STOKED: Former Matamata man Brad Knyvett passed through the district as he walked the length of the North Island.