Aucklanders show support

Wednesday May 22, 2019 Written by Published in Local

Creative Trail walker James Talbot was taken by surprise when supporters at the Polynesian Centre in Mangere donated $2600 towards his fundraising initiative.


Talbot was in Auckland during the weekend as part of his Te Araroa Trail walk of 3200 kilometres to raise $300,000 for the Creative Centre in Rarotonga.

Through the timely donations, Talbot, who has less than 21 days to complete the walk, has raised $16,288 so far.

“We had lots of goodbyes and photos after the kaikai and the closing pure. Raised approximately $2600,  so much more than I had expected. Once again the community has pulled together for the Creative Centre cause.

“I am humbled by the generosity of the Cook Island people,” Talbot said.

He acknowledged Mereani his wife for giving him the permission to do the Creative Trail fundraiser and for the ongoing support and guidance she has given him from the very beginning.

Talbot said the funds are to assist the Creative Centre board in making the 24/7 care units a reality not just a dream.

“There are people in immediate need at the centre who live up at the hospital...we need to make the difference in their lives by helping to make my goal of raising $300,000 a reality.

Talbot said the event was a great turn out and people gathered with love, happiness, togetherness and laughter.

“Awesome welcome from the entire Auckland Cook Island community. I am so blessed to be accepted and welcomed by these wonderful and beautiful people that I am proud to call my family.

“A big shout out to Vaniva and Danny, Caroline, Mary and Sita, and Lani and Luke for putting this together for me. I can't find the words to explain the depth of my gratitude for this fantastic evening. Also for everyone in attendance to show support...meitaki maata to you,” Talbot said.

Looking back on his walk, on Day 109 Talbot walked from Mercer to Drury with Miles Wyatt.

On Day 110 he walked from Drury to Mangere Bridge completing a distance of 30.88km.

On Day 112 he walked from Mangere Bridge to Aucklands Central Business District (CBD) where he met Rose Akava Moodley, who accompanied him to Onehunga.

On Day 113 he walked from Federal street to Redvale completing 26.5km in 5.5 hours.

On Day 114 he walked on from Silverdale to Orewa Campground which was an easy one hour walk of about 3.6km.

“I'm finally down to the last three weeks until I hit the Cape...I've arranged my ETA with the last few billets from here on in...and all are sweet as,” Talbot said.

He is expected to reach Cape Reinga on June 11.  

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