After months of planning and quite a few postponements due to COVID travel restrictions, Nathan Harris-Dent and Blake Dobles officially kicked off their Ks for Days adventure on the steps of Flinders Street Station and started their 2200km/3 month journey from Melbourne to Brisbane. Along the way they hope to raise $40,000 for Dogs for Kids which would cover the cost of raising and training one Assistance dog.
So how did this crazy idea come to pass and what do they hope to achieve during this physically challenging expedition?
“Blake and I have similar views on why we’re doing the walk”, Nathan explained. “One is we simply want to get out there and have an adventure; challenge ourselves, get out of our comfort zone. We’re excited for how much we’ll grow and what we’ll learn on the trip, and where we might be at the end of it, character wise. Simply put, to become better people is right at the top of the list”.
“Secondly my family has been heavily involved supporting Dogs for Kids and we want to do our part to help the charity as it’s been doing it tough during the pandemic”.
For the last few months the mates have kept themselves busy with loads of practice walks (within their 5km then 25km radius), sourcing sponsors (Vivo Barefoot for their footwear, SeaToSummit for sleeping mats, Backcountry Cuisine for food), mapping out their itinerary, and practicing their online blogging skills for their daily updates along the way.
Dogs for Kids Board Member Kim Michod said the charity will be supporting the boys in any way possible to ensure their adventure is a great success and will be covering their trials, tribulations, surprises and revelations each step of the way via the wonders of social media.
“As a charity we find it so inspiring when young people put their hands up to raise money and awareness for causes such as ours,” she said. “We’re behind them 100% and can’t wait to watch them (in the virtual world) reach their destination in Brisbane”.