Picton to Bluff charity walk
by Ann van Engelen
Tim Adams has begun a long-term goal of raising awareness of cancer by walking approximately 920 kilometres along State Highway 1 from Picton to Bluff.
“I was introduced to the disease when I was 12 years old when my grandad got lung cancer. His experience stuck with me, and I thought some day I would like to raise awareness,” says Tim.
“In my early 20s, when I was a soldier with the NZ Army in the second and third battalion in Christchurch and wanted to do the walk but kept putting it off. Last year a good friend’s family member passed away from the disease. At the beginning of this year, one of my family members found a lump on her neck and had to go through all the cancer tests, which was not nice. My wife and I have a two-year-old and decided now is the time to help raise funds for the Cancer Society toward a better future. We hope no one gets the disease but want to give our children and future generations more options if they do.”
Tim aims to complete 42 kilometres each day to finish the mission in 23 days.
“We are raising awareness of what people go through if someone gets the disease. I have a support crew, and they will be collecting with buckets in towns we stop at.
“People can follow me on the A long walk Picton to Bluff Facebook page.”