Rotorua pit stop for war vets
most of their accommodation and food on the expedition.
“And being ex-navy I’m obviously connected to them through that experience.
“These people get forgotten all the time, and I just feel honoured to host them and have this facility available.”
She thanked the Harvest Centre for not charging the team to stay there.
Having just finished filming a hunting show, she also provided the team with some Kiwi food when they arrived and organised a soak at the Polynesian Spa.
The charity is close to the heart of Polynesian Spa sales and marketing coordinator Hayley Greville-Mattinson who is also ex forces (UK RAF).
Jon Le Galloudec has come from the United Kingdom for the ride. He said the scenery in the South Island was epic and he had enjoyed the camaraderie.
Le Galloudec said the charity was a great idea because it was helping people both physically and psychologically.
He left the UK army in 2012, but was injured in 2007 in Iraq.
David Benfell is a Kiwi but served in the British Army, leaving in 2012.
He said it had been cool getting together with people who had the same experiences.
Those taking part in Operation R.I.D.E gather outside the Harvest Centre Marae where they stay overnight in Rotorua.