Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Brando WildBoy Yelavich Has Now Completed More Than 7,000 Kilometres On His Way To Becoming The First Person To Walk The Entire New Zealand Coastline...

Yesterday I again met up with Brando,
this time at Matata, a little seaside village that sits between Tauranga and Whakatane on New Zealand's East Cape, an area known as the Eastern Bay of Plenty.
He's now been walking for one year and a hundred and ten days.
The WildBoy is very fit and strong as one would be after walking around and over some of the toughest terrain you can imagine, while carrying an enormous pack.
He's lightened it by 10kg and now I can lift it but it still weighs about 40kg, that's around 90lb.
Just to make me feel like an inadequate old man the young rascal got down and did a half a dozen or so press-ups while I strained to lift the camera to record the event.
Angi from Dyslexia Bay of Plenty came down to see him off and Bev was thrilled to be able to donate to Brando's charity, Ronald McDonald.
WildBoy has now raised over $16,000.
He's also talked at more than one hundred and twenty schools inspiring everyone he meets.
My young friend is going places, winning hearts and minds as he walks on to complete his epic journey sometime in August.
You can follow Brando's steps here.
It's very easy to be proud to know him.
I am and I'll be there at Cape Reinga to congratulate him as he makes his final steps...


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  3. Thats the same weight as a little cracker, cheers Keith.

  4. That sounds like fun, but I get tired just walking around the house. . .

  5. That was good timing! Glad you met up with him.

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  7. A great achievement by Brando and great photos Keith.
    I hope he inspires a lot more young people to follow their dreams and achieve what they previously thought was impossible for them.

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  9. What a good story this is, and epic achievements on the way to his goal. Go WildBoy!

  10. It's very encouraging to follow brave Brando on your blog.
    At my office here in Randers, Denmark, we are working daily to help and support children and yong ones having speech- and language difficulties and dyslexia. Many of them suffers with low self-confidence and have to struggle every day to overcome their difficulties. Besides that the children and yongsters doesn't always get the sympathy that is needed from their teashers and others around them. It can generate a feeling of beeing very lonely.
    Brandos strenght and strong will is an example to be followed by other young ones - perhaps in a smaller scale. I believe that his experiences will have an enormous influence on his future choises in life.
    I wish him good luck.

  11. 90 pounds?! He's as strong as an ox. Even Colin Fletcher, author of The Complete Walker and The Man Who Walked Through Time, complained that a pack weighing 66 1/2 pounds was enough to take the joy out of walking - and that man was in fantastic condition due to a lifetime of backpacking. Until he got hit hit by an SUV in his late 70s, at any rate (very symbolic, IMHO).

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