Well done Emma

January 11th, 2009 at 11:51 am by David Farrar

TVNZ report that 20 year old Emma Daken has finished her walk from Cape Reinga to Bluff, to raise funds for cystic fibrosis research.

Emma is now the youngest person to ever walk the length of New Zealand.

Emma Daken is the youngest person to have walked the length of New Zealand after finishing her marathon effort in Bluff.

Daken has worn through four pairs of shoes in her epic journey.

“You can feel the gravel with every step,” the 20-year-old says.

“Shin splints, I’ve had a quadricep strain, blisters, black toenails, but overall I’ve held up pretty well.”

Nothing could distract Daken from her focus – raising awareness of cystic fibrosis.

“I’ve got a very good friend with CF so I suppose she was the catalyst for embarking on something like this, but in saying that, throughout the trip I’ve met so many wonderful people who have CF so it’s no longer solely for my friend. It’s for everyone I’ve met along the way as well.”

Bluff is 1,475 kms away from Cape Reinga. Walking it would have been even further. It’s a great achievement for a great cause.

Emma Daken

November 28th, 2008 at 12:41 pm by David Farrar

Emma Daken is doing something inspiring. Emma is a 20 year old student at Victoria University and she is spending all of November and December plus some of January walking from Cape Reinga to Bluff. Emma is doing it to raise money for research into a cure for cystic fibrosis. Almost every day she is walking the equivalent of a marathon.

Emma has already raised $12,000. She is giving up two months of her life to walk over 2000 kms to help this great cause. If you want to support her efforts you can easily make a donation online here. Her goal is to raise $50,000.

The Rodney Times has a photo and story about Emma’s walk.

You can also follow her walk on her blog. She is walking today from Eskdale to Hastings. Her entire schedule is on Facebook.

Well done Cystic Fibrosis Association

June 18th, 2008 at 10:33 am by David Farrar

The Dom Post reports:

Cystic Fibrosis has returned a $10,000 donation made by NZ First, saying it is unclear if the party “has any right” to make a charitable donation on money wrongly spent at the last election.

The charity, one of nine understood to have received a share of the $158,000 owed by the Winston Peters-led party, announced its rejection of the money last night.

Now the Cystic Fibrosis Association is a small charity that does great work. Turning down $10,000 is a lot of money for them. They’re a charity I’ve supported in the past through sponsorship of a triathlete who competes to raise money for them.

So they are not punished for doing the right thing, I’d encourage people to donate to them. You can do an online pledge here, and of course it is also tax deductible.