Ev­ery step helps St John

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

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.

Photo: ABBY BROWN

STOKED: For­mer Mata­mata man Brad Knyvett passed through the dis­trict as he walked the length of the North Is­land.

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