SAFE Youth: In Action

11-year-old SAFE Youth Member Holly completed an amazing 30km sponsored walk around the Wellington coast, raising over $1,000 to help animals! 

Here’s what she had to say:


“We started off the walk at Owhiro Bay at 9am. The weather was perfect and we were serenaded by cicadas, many of which we spotted, as we set off.  I was wearing my cool new t-shirt, donated by SAFE! Joining me on my walk were Mum and Dad, my friend Ashleigh, and my friend Hannah and her mum, Tracy. The first 10km went quickly and took us through Island Bay, Houghton Bay, Lyall Bay, past the airport and Moa Point to Breaker Bay. All the way along there were lots of divers taking advantage of the beautiful, calm conditions. At Breaker Bay Hannah and Tracy left us – thank you for walking with me and for your very generous donation, Tracy and Hannah!

We continued to Seatoun via the Pass of Branda. We had lunch in Seatoun Park and stocked up on water and Nice Blocks at the dairy before continuing on to Scorching Bay. By now it was pretty hot and we REALLY wanted to stop at Scorching Bay for a swim, but we knew we couldn’t because we would be damp and sandy for the rest of the walk! The walk around the Miramar Peninsula was beautiful but also very hot and dusty. We had to be careful of the cars as there was no footpath. Just after Shelley Bay we hit the 20km mark and we were very pleased we were two thirds of the way through. Things seemed to get easier after that.

Next stop was at my favourite beach, Hataitai Beach, which was the 25km mark. Our friend Penny joined us soon after for the walk around to Oriental Bay. There we met a woman walking her gorgeous dog, a huntaway-greyhound cross. I told her what we were doing and said she would donate some money, and when we got home we found out she had! I am so happy that there are so many kind and generous people in the world. We were ahead of time so decided to take our shoes off and cool our feet in the sea at Oriental Parade. We saw lots of large, spiny starfish. Finally we got to the finish line, Te Papa Museum, at 6pm. Yay! We took photos of ourselves in front of the museum and then went and had a yummy vegan dinner at Aunty Mena’s on Cuba Street.

The whole experience was really awesome. I really enjoyed getting to do such a special walk. At times it was hard but the thought of helping animals kept us going. I am so grateful to all the people who have supported me and donated money.”

Get Involved!

If you or your child would like to do some fundraising to help animals, you can download our brand new Fundraising Toolkit.

Designed specifically for children and young people, the toolkit contains tips and advice on how to fundraise at home or at school.

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  • Find out more about SAFE Youth – our group for 8-14 year-old animal lovers.

08 June 2016