Grandson’s treatment inspires inter-island trek

Steve Day leads the way for the Heartland Tractor Trek on the Dunedin Northern Motorway yesterday...
Steve Day leads the way for the Heartland Tractor Trek on the Dunedin Northern Motorway yesterday. Photo: Peter McIntosh.
Steve Day is determined to make a difference.

The New Plymouth man is responsible for the Heartland Tractor Trek rolling from Taranaki to Wanaka, raising money for Heart Kids New Zealand.

The idea steamed from Mr Day watching his grandson Oliver receive medical treatment for a congenital heart defect, and he wanted to raise awareness and money to give back to the charity.

The Heartland Tractor Trek stops in Oamaru yesterday as the group makes its way from New Plymouth...
The Heartland Tractor Trek stops in Oamaru yesterday as the group makes its way from New Plymouth to Wanaka, raising money for Heart Kids New Zealand. Group members include (from left) Steve Day, Graeme Thomas, Graeme Ellwood, Geoff Pearce, Bruce Ellwood and John Davison. Photo: Kayla Hodge.

‘‘When you’re in that kind of environment you have time to contemplate, and you get to a point where you feel that you want to do something,’’ Mr Day said.

Eight Chamberlain tractors, and their support crews, had raised $48,000 when they stopped off in Oamaru yesterday, and were aiming to reach about $75,000.

‘‘We get lots of toots and waves, and people walking up to us offering us money, chasing us down the street on occasion.

‘‘There’s lots of nice comments - we’re not doing it for self-gratification, we’re doing it just to get the awareness out there and get as many dollars as we can because they [Heart Kids New Zealand] rely so heavily on it.’’

The group would be at Wheels at Wanaka this weekend.

kayla.hodge@odt.co.nz


 

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