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100 Miles for 5000 Dollars

Footsore, weary, thirsty but triumphant, Arthur Curtis and his two brothers, Ross and Max, walked the Wangapeka and Heaphy Tracks and arrived home to be greeted by an enthusiastic group of friends, relatives and supporters.

They completed the 100-mile trek in 41hrs 47min (more than six hours under the target) to raise funds for the Nelson branch of the Crippled Children Society. And their big effort was certainly worth while - they raised $5000 for the fund.


Arthur didn't have much bother with his feet on the long walk, but he was pleased to take off his boots at the end of the 100-mile jaunt


The Curtis brothers were joined by the president of the Nelson branch of the New Zealand Deerstalkers' Association, Bill Cocker, over the Heaphy Track, and to him, and all the people who had supported the fund raising effort, Arthur Curtis paid tribute. "Without them the walk would not have been possible, " he said. An estimated $5000 was raised by the walk, which will always be remembered as the Curtis Walk.


"That's where we went, boys!" From left. Max and Arthur Curtis, Bill Cocker and Ross Curtis check the route they followed over the Heaphy, and feel glad it's all over.


Arthur hands the baton containing signatures of local body officials through whose area they passed to the chairman of the Golden Bay County Council, Mr H. L. Riley, at the end of the journey. Ross looks on.


It's drink time and Ross Curtis, Left, and Max enjoy a welcome swig.