New Zealand Stoke Foundation Fundraiser

It’s not a race, it’s an adventure that was designed to support people. Amount Raised: $20, 250 NZD

The other day I got a call from the Herald On Sunday newspaper and was lucky enough to do a little interview, which today was in the paper. Good to have this support. Thank you John for the nice story. Check out the story of my New Zealand Stoke foundation run, as told by John Weekes…

Charity run an ‘adventure’ By John Weekes – 5:30 AM Sunday Jul 17, 2011

Jup Brown is planning on running the length of New Zealand.

A Wanaka plumber is training for an unusual cross-country challenge this spring. Jup Brown wants to run the equivalent of 60 marathons in 69 days in a quest to cover the country on foot. After running a Himalayan marathon in May, he wants to raise awareness and funds for stroke victims.

Brown, 38, said his challenge grew from simple origins. “I hadn’t been back in New Zeal and for a few years and wanted to have a good look at the country,” he said. “I thought I might run it. My cousin introduced me to Nick Chisholm who had six or seven strokes in a row and has locked-in syndrome.”

Chisholm, also 38, was injured in a rugby match. “The doctors said he’d never walk again and he went, ‘Up yours, mate’. Eleven years later he can pump iron and he’s teaching his muscles to work again.” Stroke Foundation chief executive Mark Vivian said Brown’s run was a “fantastic” response to the suffering of stroke victims. Brown starts his 2600km trek on Stewart Isl and on September 1.

Running about 50km a day, he plans to reach Auckland by November 8. He has been supplied with a van and will carry a mattress in the back for overnight stops. “It’s not a race, it’s an adventure,” Brown said.

By John Weekes

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