Having met while travelling in Australia, both women were looking for an unique way of seeing New Zealand and figured that while they were walking the entire length of the country, they should invest their time into giving back to the world. They opted to raise money for Indigo Foundation (Australia-based) and their Solomon Island project. A total of $3000AUD was raised which is enough to run the entire project for 6 months.
The entire 171 day adventure (finishing April 3, 2011) took Ward and Hopkins over mountain ranges, across rivers, through farmland, along coastline and into areas of New Zealand that many Kiwis don't even know exist. The adventure tested not only their physical stamina, but their mental strength as well. A journey that started out as one to explore a country and raise money for a cause turned into something so much more that pushed both Alex and Shalane beyond anything they couldn't have imagined. Having to face their own strengths and weaknesses, both women learned as much about themselves as they did about the land they walked over.
This is their journey. Their story. Their adventure. One step at a time.