Walking for the kids
Tanned and fit, Palmerston North Inner City Post and Lotto Shop operator Ken Lusby blew into The Square at lunch time today on his 2000-kilometre walk the length of New Zealand for Cure Kids.
"I'm feeling tremendous," he announced, pushed into the city by a tail wind.
Back on home territory for a few days, fundraising has seen a surge, with the tally currently standing at $25,000.
Mr Lusby said the training for his 80-day walk had paid off. He was carrying no injuries, and was grateful he had added some hill work around the Manawatu Gorge into his schedule before setting off.
Hills and cross winds, which combined near Clinton in Otago, had created his greatest challenges along the way.
Mr Lusby said the support and hospitality he had received along the way, particularly from Lions Clubs, had been amazing.
As well as collecting money, he had collected some tear-jerking stories from people with sick children who were grateful for what he was doing.
"Whenever anyone asks me to talk about it, I cry, it's just what's in my heart.
"I'm the vehicle for Cure Kids without the wheels."
Mr Lusby sets off again from The Square at 7.30am tomorrow, bound for Feilding.
Manawatu mayor Margaret Kouvelis is expected to be among the supporters meeting him at the Feilding Golf Course around 10.30am for the walk along Aorangi Rd.