20 Feb 2017

CKL environmental engineer Debra Ballard is nearing the end of her epic journey, walking the length of the South Island solo from Bluff to Queen Charlotte Sound, to raise money and awareness for Mobility Dogs.

Debra has recently left Lake Rotoiti, after climbing the Waiau Pass and Travers Saddle. She is currently in the Richmond Ranges, carrying nine days’ worth of provisions. She is walking 20-30kms a day during the 1300km adventure - which follows the Te Araroa Trail – and camping or staying in huts throughout the hike.

Debra, who is a Girl Guide Leader and keen tramper, says she was inspired to take on the challenge when she witnessed first-hand how life-changing having a mobility dog could be for person with a physical disability.

“I saw how incredible these dogs are and how they so dramatically enhance the lives of people who need them,” she says.

Debra’s journey can be followed on Facebook:

Link: www.facebook.com/debrasadventures