Englishman Robin Moore reaches Queenstown on his walk for
cancer from Christchurch to Dunedin via the West Coast.
Photo by Olivia Caldwell.
Like every good Englishman, Robin Moore is a great fan of
cricket and right now the Northamptonshire man is making his
way from Queenstown to Dunedin - on foot - in time for his
team's test against the Black Caps next month.
He walks by choice and will not ask for a ride, though what
the 55-year-old is in need of is a new pair of walking shoes.
Since January 26, Mr Moore has walked from Christchurch,
across the Southern Alps, down the West Coast, through the
Haast Pass to Wanaka then over the Crown Range to Queenstown.
Self sufficient, Mr Moore is a distinctive figure, and
maintains a tight budget, carrying a sleeping bag and large
pack containing a tent for overnight stops.
Today, he will be walking from Bannockburn to Alexandra. His
cause is the Cancer Society, and although this might seem a
It is just the latest in a long list of Mr Moore's marathon
charity efforts. For 20 years, Mr Moore has been embarking on
walks of more than 1000km at a time raising money for cancer
causes. The walking started in 1992 when a good friend was
misdiagnosed and died of cancer, so he walked from Cornwall
to Northampton as a fundraiser and that was ''the birth of
''I did it 20 years ago. I felt it is something I should do
every year, something for charity.
''There's people in the family who have died of it.''
Ticked off the walking list is John O'Groats to Land's End in
the UK, as well as an 8000km walk around Great Britain, Cape
Reinga to Bluff in 2002, and the South African coast of the
Atlantic to the coast of the Indian Ocean. His favourite?''I
like New Zealand. I like the Commonwealth and I love walking
around the Commonwealth.
''I enjoyed the West Coast more than any of the other
Over two decades, Mr Moore, along with friends, has raised
''hundreds of thousands'' and he hopes to add to this tally
on this walk.
By trade, Mr Moore is a painter-decorator back home, but he
gets the biggest kick out of walking for charity.
It may sound like the dream job, but Mr Moore's cracked feet,
sunburnt skin, and temporary heat exhaustion suffered earlier
this week, indicate otherwise.
''They're aching, I've got splits in each foot now. It's
quite nasty, really.
''It's pretty hard because I'm always doing this in the
summer and it's too hot.''
The feet are not the worst of Mr Moore's injuries. When he
was walking in the Mediterranean last year, he slipped and
a double groin strain and a hernia, which led to an
operation. Mr Moore is completing the final leg of his New
Zealand walk on State Highway 8 to Milton, then SH1 to
Dunedin. He plans to be in Dunedin by March 1 - in good time
to rest before one final New Zealand walk.
Mr Moore has joined the Crown World Wide Wanderers team for
the Relay for Life at Forsyth Barr Stadium on March 9.
To make a donation: www.relayforlife.org.nz/index/donation