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Determined Walker on Way to Achieving a New Zealand First

Andrew Williams MP
Spokesperson for Sports and Recreation
6 March 2014

Determined Walker on Way to Achieving a New Zealand First

New Zealand First MPs welcomed Brando Yelavich on the steps of Parliament today and congratulated the 20 year old for his perseverance and self-sacrifice as he completes an extraordinary walk around the New Zealand coast.

“Brando started this epic adventure at Cape Reinga in February 2013. He has covered the west coast of the North Island and has circumnavigated the South Island. He’s done most of it on foot, but with some paddling and swimming too,” says New Zealand First MP Andrew Williams, who has known Brando’s North Shore family for many years.

Brando, who has dyslexia and ADHD, is about to head up the North Island’s east coast on the final leg of his 6000-kilometre adventure. The personal mission is also a fundraiser for Ronald McDonald House. So far he has collected $11,555. He has also spoken to about 100 schools on his travels.

“Brando has not picked the easiest of paths, the coastline throws up many obstacles. He’s fought gale-force winds, huge waves crashing ashore, negotiated cliff faces and streambeds and climbed over many rock outcrops. And there’s not always a warm house and comfy bed each night, often he is in his tent. Brando has also been living off the land, eating from the sea, and making good use of plant food.

“Brando says candidly that he found school a challenge, but he has clearly excelled with the personal challenge he has set himself. He is an example to us all that with a strong character and a personal goal even the toughest of tasks are achievable.

”Brando has many more kilometres ahead to get to Cape Reinga. His journey can be followed on www.wildboy.co.nz and www.supportbrando.co.nz

“We wish him well,” says Mr Williams.

ENDS


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