Finn Egan is “pretty excited” to be back on the road again from 16 December, resuming his length-of-New-Zealand fundraising walk after an injury-enforced month off.

Finn Egan Marlborough Sounds full

Finn in the Marlborough Sounds before injury interrupted his 3200-km walk.

Finn set out from Cape Reinga in August to raise funds for a woman’s refuge in Kokopo, PNG. He was on target to reach Bluff by Christmas when his mishap occurred on the Pelorus River Track.

“Had a bit of an awkward slow-mo fall and managed to strain a ligament in my right knee,” he wrote on his Facebook page. “Proceeded to channel my inner Bear Grylls, and hobbled 10km out of the bush with a stick to the main road to Richmond.”

An enforced break in Wellington, while frustrating, enabled him to rest and spend time with family and friends. His trek will resume in the Richmond Ranges out of Nelson and his goal now is to reach Bluff my early to mid-February.

His break, however, hasn’t interrupted the flow of funds for the cause. Although only halfway along the 3200-km Te Araroa Trail, he’s so far raised over $16,000. Finn was a volunteer in Kokopo and the funds are to support a project that involves several VSA partners and where another volunteer, Laura Barnett, is now working.

The total has been boosted by two large donations. Students at St Pats College in Silverstream raised $5000 from a mufti day after he talked to them, and a group of local Kokopo businesses including an oil company also contributed $5000.

Finn will welcome all the support he can get as he makes his way along the South Island leg of his trip:

  • To see if he’s near your town, check his Facebook site. It’s linked to a GPS tracker provided courtesy of Spot NZ.
  • To donate to the Kokopo Women’s Refuge, go to Finn’s Give a Little page.
  • To contact him directly, ph 021 160 5840 or email fmcgirr.egan@gmail.com