Talbot is back in Raro

Tuesday June 18, 2019 Written by Published in Local
James Talbot when he reached Cape Reinga last week. 19061715 James Talbot when he reached Cape Reinga last week. 19061715

Creative Trail endurance walker James Talbot returned to Rarotonga this morning – and after spending more time away from his kids than he expected, he’s looking forward to just one thing.

Talbot has been spending time with his dad and siblings back in Auckland since he completed his walk on last week covering 3,029,385 steps on the 3200 kilometre Te Araroa Trail track in 4 1/2 months.

Talbot says he’s pleased the walk is over and pleased to be returning to “paradise” to be with his wife.

It was a few years ago when Talbot and his wife Ani attended Rarotonga’s Creative Centre, that he met the memorable leader Papa U’a who inspired him to do something to help the centre.

Talbot says the funds raised will go towards the Respite Units.

In an interview with Pacific Media Network Radio, Talbot acknowledges those who looked after him: “For those random acts of kindness, no one knew I was on a charitable walk, the kindness has humbled me and blown me away.”

Now, he want to spend some decent time with his wife Ani and their children.

Besides Talbot’s efforts to raise funds, Ani and their close friends have gathered support by selling plates of food and sweets. A station at Centre Hut at Punanga Nui Market was also set up on occasions to promote and collect donations.

A special thank you lunch has been organised for Talbot at the Creative Centre tomorrow.

People can still donate through the Givealittle Creative Trail page. More than $21,000 has so far been raised.       

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