Travelling man lives his dream

00:05, Dec 14 2012
Hap Cameron
World traveller, author and motivational speaker Hap Cameron will be speaking at the Marlborough Research Centre on Friday at 7pm

Nine years ago, during an Outward Bound course in the Marlborough Sounds, Hap Cameron set himself a goal - to live and work in all seven of the world's continents before he was 30.

Mr Cameron turned 30 last year on 11/11/11.

He was sitting at the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, watching the sunrise.

Southland Times photo
Hap Cameron reads his book on his travels - Hap Working the World.

It was a "I did it" moment that left him thinking "s..t, what next?"

Mr Cameron, originally from Nelson, has written a book about his extended working holiday, Hap Working The World.

He is giving a talk about his travels, and having 32 jobs in 8 years, at the Marlborough Research Centre, 85 Budge St, Blenheim at 6pm, Friday December 14.


Hap Cameron
ON TOP OF THE WORLD: The highest point in Africa was the final goal of Hap’s odyssey, but it left him emotionless rather than elated.

Mr Cameron has worked oil rigs in Canada, mines in Western Australia, volunteered at an orphanage in Mexico, taught English in Korea and was a dive master in Thailand.

"I just turned up and got whatever," he said.

He spent 2 years trying to find work in Antarctica before getting a job on a cruise ship.

INTREPID TRAVELLER: Mark "Hap" Cameron celebrates finally making it to Antarctica in December 2009.

Mr Cameron assured he had 16 landings on the frozen continent.

He also helped set up a sustainable bike workshop in Namibia, Africa.

The Nelson man raised $14,000 in Australia for a charity called Bicycles For Humanity.

That paid for 400 bikes to be shipped to Africa in a large shipping container, he said.

"I went over and helped train the locals to be bike mechanics. Then we converted the shipping container into a workshop, which is still going to this day."

Mr Cameron's talk is to raise money for the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Service.

It is a service he feels indebted to after being airlifted from the Marlborough Sounds after falling from a rope swing in 2007.

"It's quite fitting I can come back and do this for them."

A similar event in Nelson last month had raised $1500-$2000, he said.

Tickets for the event cost a $20 donation to the Nelson Marlborough Rescue Helicopter Service.

For tickets call 027 513 0910.

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