It is official. My plane ticket is booked. I am heading to New Zealand in late November to attempt to hike the Te Araroa.
The Te Araroa is a 3000km track that runs from the top of the North Island at Cape Reinga all the way down to the bottom of the South Island at Bluff. I don’t know if I can make it the entire way, but I am going to give it a red hot cracking go! As I go I will be raising money for TEAR Australia.
‘TEAR Australia is a non-denominational Christian organisation helping communities end poverty, challenge injustice and build a sustainable future. We work towards a more just and compassionate world where everyone has the opportunity to experience fullness of life.’
In 2014 I had the opportunity to travel to Nepal and participate in a TEAR exposure trip for two weeks. During this time I got to see first hand some of the local projects and organisations that TEAR helps provide resources for and I was very impressed with their work.
One of the big things that I took away from the trip is the value TEAR places on working with local aid organisations in the countries they work within. TEAR doesn’t go in and say ‘this is what you should do and this is how you should use these funds’ instead it is handed over to the local organisations who work with the local people to make decisions about what is best for their community in regards to education, sanitation, water, health, agriculture and justice.
During my hike I will be sharing some of the blog posts I wrote about that trip.
To find out more about TEAR, click here.
If you would like to support me as I hike for TEAR Australia, click here.