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te araroa - walking new zealand for motor neurons disease and chris
Amount Raised
$12,330.00
Fundraising Goal $10,000.00

My Message

I have always promised myself to do a really long trek when I retire, the time is here so from the 7th December I will start trekking the Te Araroa long trail in New Zealand commencing at Cape Reinga at the top of the north island and then south bound (commonly known as SOBO 

All being well after 5 months and 3000 ks and hopefully my soon to be 66 year old body will arrive at the bottom of the south island at The Bluff.

In doing this trek I hope to raise S10,000 for Motor Neurone Disease as I lost one of mates that I left England with 38 years ago. Chris Sorrell was diagnosed with this awful disease in his early 50's and put on a brave front until he lost the battle 18 months later. I will be walking with Chris in spirit as he too was a bushwalker as well as being creative, artistic, intelligent and a fun guy to have around.

So to all my family, friends, colleagues, ex business associates, fellow bushwalkers and anyone that I can shamelessly encourage (read gentle harrassment) to dig deep and support this worthy cause which in turn will lift my spirits whenever they are flagging hauling myself daily up and down mountains and crossing over 200 rivers in a variety of climates.

Here's to Chris and a 3000k trek.

Thanks for reading this lengthy message

Cheers

G

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te araroa - walking new zealand for motor neurons disease and chris
Date
07-12-2018

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My Supporters (180)

Shane NRBC left a message
Oct 31, 2019 6:06 PM
NRBC donation made
NRBC The Northern Rivers Bushwalkers Club Inc. donated $500.00
Oct 31, 2019 6:05 PM
Kamaia Harkness donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 15, 2019 9:27 AM
Kirsten Mayer donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 4, 2019 2:18 PM
Kirsten Mayer left a message
Jun 4, 2019 2:13 PM
Congratulations Gary on a fantastic achievement. What a wonderful tribute to your friend Chris and to enduring friendships :-)
Shane Malone donated an undisclosed amount
Jun 4, 2019 11:32 AM
Chris Hobbs-Massou donated $20.00
May 26, 2019 9:21 PM
Peter and Desley Weallans donated an undisclosed amount
May 24, 2019 9:45 PM
Desley and Peter Weallans left a message
May 24, 2019 9:41 PM
A great triumph for you Gary! Your determination and stamina in achieving your goal is truly inspirational.
Sue Bonner donated an undisclosed amount
May 23, 2019 7:03 PM
Jasmine Occomore donated an undisclosed amount
May 23, 2019 6:02 PM
Tina left a message
May 23, 2019 2:33 PM
What an amazing effort, to complete the walk Gary. Impressive!!!
David Robertson donated $300.00
May 23, 2019 2:31 PM
Ian Pick left a message
May 23, 2019 2:28 PM
Impossible to state how much I admire what you have achieved.
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
May 23, 2019 2:25 PM
H left a message
May 23, 2019 11:59 AM
Onya Boss- you are a CHAMPION!!!!
Helen Browne donated $50.00
May 23, 2019 11:58 AM
Grace Merlino donated $1,000.00
May 23, 2019 10:55 AM
Cate McHugh donated an undisclosed amount
May 22, 2019 2:42 PM
Gary Whitr left a message
May 22, 2019 9:36 AM
The lady donation of $20 was kindly made by Kay from The Lodge in Bluff. Thanks Kay it's much appreciated
Gary White donated $20.00
May 22, 2019 9:31 AM
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
May 21, 2019 3:42 PM
Jen and Steve left a message
May 21, 2019 6:12 AM
Good luck on your last day. Lots of love
Jen Hobbs donated $100.00
May 21, 2019 6:11 AM
Merilyn left a message
May 20, 2019 9:02 PM
Great work Gary!
Merilyn Smith donated $10.00
May 20, 2019 9:00 PM
Lynne left a message
May 20, 2019 8:55 PM
Have loved following your posts Gary. Brilliant you've done this - huge congrats from us both xx
Lynne Russell donated $20.00
May 20, 2019 8:54 PM
Alan Gordon donated an undisclosed amount
May 20, 2019 8:21 PM
Katrina left a message
May 20, 2019 2:17 PM
so close now - we are going to see you hit your target!
Katrina Jeffery donated $150.00
May 20, 2019 2:17 PM
Ruth Carter donated an undisclosed amount
May 20, 2019 10:21 AM
Lyn left a message
May 20, 2019 9:08 AM
Amazing achievement Gary! xx
Lyn Webb donated an undisclosed amount
May 20, 2019 9:07 AM
Imogen left a message
May 20, 2019 7:56 AM
You are a legend!
Anonymous donated an undisclosed amount
May 20, 2019 7:55 AM
Gary white left a message
May 19, 2019 8:58 AM
This is a donation from Antoine Le Gall a fellow TA wallet. Many thanks Antoine
Gary White donated $20.00
May 19, 2019 8:57 AM
Kris Vine left a message
May 15, 2019 9:59 AM
Hey Gary, nothing like leaving it to the last minute hey :) Amazing journey and achievement, but are you done already? Missing you and ready to catch up for a beer now please!
Kris Vine donated $50.00
May 15, 2019 9:56 AM
Janine left a message
May 11, 2019 10:17 AM
You are inspirational Gary, bloody awesome. x
Janine Fossa donated $50.00
May 11, 2019 10:16 AM
Robyn Degotardi left a message
May 11, 2019 9:10 AM
Inspiring Gary, you show true grit!
Robyn Degotardi donated $250.00
May 11, 2019 9:09 AM
Mike and Marion Jones left a message
May 10, 2019 6:35 PM
Hi Gary - it was good to meet you in Methven and we've been watching your progress so far. Not far now! Well done, and good luck with the rest of the trip.
Mike and Marion Jones donated $20.00
May 10, 2019 6:34 PM
Lyn Weston donated $50.00
May 7, 2019 8:32 PM
Lorna Lorz donated an undisclosed amount
May 5, 2019 12:43 PM
Babs left a message
May 5, 2019 11:38 AM
Safe walking Gary and enjoy.
Barbara D Latham donated $100.00
May 5, 2019 11:37 AM
Lyn left a message
May 5, 2019 9:37 AM
What an amazing achievement Gary. Love reading about your journey and adventures and am inspired by what you are doing.
Lyn Webb donated an undisclosed amount
May 5, 2019 8:57 AM
Victoria Moffatt donated an undisclosed amount
May 3, 2019 11:51 AM
Bert How donated $50.00
Apr 29, 2019 6:28 PM
Brenda Dew donated $60.00
Apr 23, 2019 8:40 AM
Rita White soltan donated $100.00
Apr 23, 2019 8:32 AM
Cath and Al Wraight donated $100.00
Apr 19, 2019 4:16 PM
Georgie left a message
Apr 11, 2019 8:19 PM
Hey Gary .... nearly there! See you for a beer soon. Take care ??
Georgie Piper donated $100.00
Apr 11, 2019 8:17 PM
Ashleigh Martin donated $100.00
Apr 9, 2019 8:25 PM
Ash left a message
Apr 9, 2019 8:20 PM
Hey Gary, read your blurb in joint-the-dots and was reminded of your amazing walk. Think of you often and hope it's been an incredible experience so far. I hear you've just reached the South Island - awesome! Some tough walking in the colder weather to come. Will be thinking of you! Cheers mate
Phil left a message
Apr 3, 2019 9:01 PM
Go Gary … not far to go now!
Phil Sandhu donated $100.00
Apr 3, 2019 9:00 PM
Gary Daffin left a message
Mar 30, 2019 6:42 AM
Well done mate
Gary white left a message
Mar 27, 2019 7:14 PM
This donation was made by Murray and Yvette from the Havelock Holiday Park in NZ. Many thanks to you
Gary White donated $15.00
Mar 27, 2019 7:12 PM
Gary White left a message
Mar 27, 2019 7:08 PM
This donation was made by John Minto and Bronwen Sommers in NZ. Many thanks to you both
Gary White donated $50.00
Mar 27, 2019 7:06 PM
Nigel Anderson donated $100.00
Mar 27, 2019 4:58 PM
Catherine and Steve left a message
Mar 18, 2019 5:59 PM
Keep safe in your travels Gary.
Catherine White donated $100.00
Mar 18, 2019 5:54 PM
Dale Bevan left a message
Mar 3, 2019 2:14 PM
Loving your posts Gary. You are amazing! Enjoy the South Island
Dale Bevan donated $100.00
Mar 3, 2019 2:12 PM
Emma and Tom Allison left a message
Feb 13, 2019 10:59 PM
Keep up the Great work Gaz!
Emma Allison donated $50.00
Feb 13, 2019 10:58 PM
Penny Hill donated an undisclosed amount
Feb 12, 2019 2:27 PM
Shelagh left a message
Feb 9, 2019 10:06 AM
Good luck Gary from Tipperary
Shelagh Hickey donated $150.00
Feb 9, 2019 10:06 AM
Katrina Jeffery donated $5.00
Jan 29, 2019 5:40 AM
Ruth and Bill left a message
Jan 26, 2019 8:19 AM
Inspired and humbled by your effort Gary!
Ruth Henderson donated an undisclosed amount
Jan 26, 2019 8:19 AM
Janice left a message
Jan 15, 2019 7:42 PM
Thinking of you my friend. Hope you are enjoying this epic ride you are on. You are amazing doing this! Big heart!
Janice bernard donated $50.00
Jan 15, 2019 7:40 PM
Josh Zambelli donated $50.00
Jan 14, 2019 10:39 AM
Melissa and Hugh left a message
Jan 13, 2019 9:31 AM
Hi Gary Keep up the great walk . Fantastic meeting you you ..and yr very welcome back .
Melissa Ascott-Jones donated $60.00
Jan 13, 2019 9:28 AM
Charlotte N left a message
Jan 12, 2019 12:02 PM
Hi Gary, nice meeting you on ‘The Huks’ today! Good luck on your journey! You are supporting an amazing cause!
Charlotte Natusch donated $5.00
Jan 12, 2019 12:01 PM
Gary White left a message
Jan 9, 2019 4:48 AM
This donation was cash given to Gary by the fabulous owner Pete of the Stillwater Holiday Park. This w as on top of not charging for staying and doing other generous things for me. Cheers Pete
Gary White donated $20.00
Jan 9, 2019 4:46 AM
Jeremy Croucher left a message
Jan 7, 2019 6:47 PM
Thanks Gary for supporting a worthy cause. I lost my grandpa to it in the '70's.
Jeremy Croucher donated $25.00
Jan 7, 2019 6:43 PM
Cherie Bateman donated $40.00
Jan 3, 2019 5:49 AM
Sam Wraight donated $100.00
Jan 3, 2019 4:25 AM
Jane and John xx left a message
Dec 31, 2018 10:22 AM
Extraordinary person you are. Walk safe dear friend. One for each of them x
Jane Lester donated $300.00
Dec 31, 2018 10:21 AM
MaryAndrew left a message
Dec 28, 2018 8:55 PM
Going well Gary, keep it up! Missed you at Xmas but enjoying your photos and updates- keep them coming.
Maryanne McHugh donated an undisclosed amount
Dec 28, 2018 8:54 PM
Shane left a message
Dec 27, 2018 4:43 PM
I left $100, I am following your adventure.
Suzi Rosedale NRBC left a message
Dec 27, 2018 11:58 AM
Gary, i hope all is going well on your big adventure! No idea where you are but sending you good vibes from Byron!
Suzi Rosedale donated $200.00
Dec 27, 2018 11:57 AM
Sara Davey left a message
Dec 26, 2018 7:28 PM
Onya Gazza!! Your trek means so much to Steve and I right now!! Lots of love xx
Sara Davey donated $50.00
Dec 26, 2018 7:26 PM
Kimberley Morgan left a message
Dec 25, 2018 9:23 PM
Best of luck Gary. Enjoy your walk in a beautiful country and Merry Christmas xx
Kimberley Morgan donated $20.00
Dec 25, 2018 9:22 PM
Dave left a message
Dec 24, 2018 9:18 AM
A little pre-Xmas cheer for you mate!
Dave Moodie donated $50.00
Dec 24, 2018 9:18 AM
Stephen Lowe donated $100.00
Dec 22, 2018 8:33 AM
Greg Whalley left a message
Dec 22, 2018 7:47 AM
Hey Gary Great work mate! Beers aplenty at the other end!
Greg Whalley donated $50.00
Dec 22, 2018 7:41 AM
Graeme Head donated an undisclosed amount
Dec 20, 2018 10:05 PM
Tina left a message
Dec 17, 2018 1:55 PM
Go Gary
David Robertson donated an undisclosed amount
Dec 17, 2018 1:54 PM
Jennifer Lamrock donated $100.00
Dec 11, 2018 12:26 PM
Oscar left a message
Dec 11, 2018 11:12 AM
All the Best Gaz! Wish I could be there I'm sure it will be quite an experience and you're the one to do it!
oscar schoots donated an undisclosed amount
Dec 11, 2018 11:10 AM
Brian Burgess donated $500.00
Dec 11, 2018 10:51 AM
Cate and Ade left a message
Dec 10, 2018 8:15 PM
Hope the feet are fine and the mind is enjoying it all Gary. Will have a drink at the party Saturday for you xx
cate mchugh donated $100.00
Dec 10, 2018 8:12 PM
Ruth Dare left a message
Dec 10, 2018 5:07 PM
I hope you achieve your goal Gary. Thank you for doing this. My sister died from MND.
Anonymous donated $50.00
Dec 10, 2018 5:06 PM
Matt Schoots left a message
Dec 9, 2018 2:38 PM
Merry Christmas Gaz and good luck with the walk and the fundraising.
Matthew Schoots donated $50.00
Dec 9, 2018 2:37 PM
Michael Reilly donated an undisclosed amount
Dec 3, 2018 8:04 PM
Michael Reilly left a message
Dec 3, 2018 7:59 PM
Gary As per our sms interchange I have made a further donation on behalf of my sister Diane Reilly
Annelie left a message
Dec 3, 2018 4:51 PM
All the best, Gary from Mick Reilly's de facto mother-in -law
Annelie Holden donated $100.00
Dec 3, 2018 4:48 PM
Malcolm left a message
Dec 3, 2018 12:06 PM
Good luck.
Malcolm McNamara donated an undisclosed amount
Dec 3, 2018 12:05 PM
Jill Tunbridge left a message
Dec 2, 2018 11:18 PM
Have a great time Watch out for the naughty Kea Parrot
Jill Tunbridge donated $200.00
Dec 2, 2018 11:11 PM
Tegan Reilly left a message
Dec 2, 2018 2:33 PM
Best of luck Gary
Tegan Reilly donated $50.00
Dec 2, 2018 2:32 PM
Anna and John left a message
Dec 2, 2018 11:57 AM
Go well Gary. Enjoy and take care. We look forward to reading your blogs.
Anna and John Tonkin donated an undisclosed amount
Dec 2, 2018 11:52 AM
Marian Jordan donated $300.00
Dec 1, 2018 6:55 PM
Mick Reilly left a message
Nov 30, 2018 10:58 PM
Go Gazza.We have faith in you.Please make sure you get on the airplane to NZ
Michael Reilly donated $500.00
Nov 30, 2018 10:56 PM
Mick Reilly left a message
Nov 30, 2018 10:44 PM
Gary As per discussion I commit to donating $250 when you start and $250 when you finish.See you in Wellington at half way mark .Good luck and be careful with those 250 river crossings. Mick Mick Reilly
Sue and Ross left a message
Nov 28, 2018 9:32 AM
Worthy cause and a great adventure ???????
Sue Attwood donated $310.00
Nov 28, 2018 9:28 AM
Dave And Mandy left a message
Nov 26, 2018 9:10 AM
Hi Gary It’s a great thing you are doing Good luck
Dave and Mandy Walker donated $100.00
Nov 26, 2018 9:08 AM
Brian Ding left a message
Nov 25, 2018 1:06 PM
Way to go, Gary! Hope we can hike together again like on JMT 2013.
Brian Ding donated $50.00
Nov 25, 2018 1:01 PM
Katrina left a message
Nov 25, 2018 5:31 AM
Go Gary we got your back mate :)
Katrina Jeffery donated $25.00
Nov 25, 2018 5:30 AM
Stacey left a message
Nov 24, 2018 7:46 PM
Have fun Gary !
Stacey Sheppard donated $50.00
Nov 24, 2018 7:45 PM
Rose left a message
Nov 23, 2018 9:40 AM
Dear Gary, I have nothing but admiration for you taking on this massive task. May good health and joy go with you. Well done. Chris would love it!
Rosaleen Kirby donated $250.00
Nov 23, 2018 9:39 AM
Brad Dudinsky donated $25.00
Nov 22, 2018 5:25 PM
Simon, Portugal left a message
Nov 21, 2018 11:05 PM
Was forwarded by a close friend and am awe-struck with your commitment. Chris and all of us will be with you every step! Thank you
Simon Armstrong donated $50.00
Nov 21, 2018 11:03 PM
Callum Reilly donated $200.00
Nov 21, 2018 3:43 PM
Suzi R (NRBC) left a message
Nov 21, 2018 7:32 AM
Great idea! I will happily be one of your supporters Gary!
Alan Gordon donated $100.00
Nov 20, 2018 8:55 PM
Shane left a message
Nov 20, 2018 9:39 AM
Done that
Shane Malone donated an undisclosed amount
Nov 20, 2018 9:38 AM
Jon and Rodger left a message
Nov 19, 2018 3:36 PM
We are proud of you Gary
Rodger Simpson donated $200.00
Nov 19, 2018 3:35 PM
Nigel left a message
Nov 19, 2018 2:07 PM
Good luck Gary. Its a great walk and a great cause...
Nigel Allen donated $100.00
Nov 19, 2018 2:06 PM
DAVID POWIS donated $200.00
Nov 19, 2018 12:17 PM
David Powis left a message
Nov 19, 2018 12:06 PM
I'll be right there with you Gaz (unless you're partly going to get away from me for 5 + months :)
Biztax Services left a message
Nov 19, 2018 11:57 AM
Good luck Gary from the Biztax Team!
Biztax Services donated $200.00
Nov 19, 2018 11:57 AM
Sharnette left a message
Nov 19, 2018 11:53 AM
Fantastic Gary! wishing you a magic trek, not too many blisters and a cold beer every now and again!
Sharnette Josephs donated $100.00
Nov 19, 2018 11:51 AM
Lucy Cranitch left a message
Nov 18, 2018 8:11 PM
I think the best way to honour those who have passed into the next world is to life our lives to the fullest and you are certainly doing that. Go and live large. And post lots of photos as I will be doing the Te Aroroa in a couple of years time.
Lucy Cranitch donated $50.00
Nov 18, 2018 8:07 PM
Tony Batts donated an undisclosed amount
Nov 2, 2018 2:11 PM
Tony Batts left a message
Nov 2, 2018 2:08 PM
Good onya Gaz - a great cause to support - may the force be with you
Jo Jones left a message
Nov 2, 2018 7:55 AM
What a wonderful way to kick off your retirement..go Gazza
Joanne Jones donated $50.00
Nov 2, 2018 7:54 AM
Jan left a message
Nov 1, 2018 9:47 PM
Onya Gary. Best of luck
Jan Aldrich donated $50.00
Nov 1, 2018 9:46 PM
Peter Holzberger donated $50.00
Nov 1, 2018 9:24 AM
Sonya Davidson donated $50.00
Nov 1, 2018 9:02 AM
Sonya left a message
Nov 1, 2018 8:59 AM
What an amazing undertaking Gary - good luck.