Queenstowner Matt Rose is within cooee of a huge fundraising target, to benefit 10 separate charities close to his heart.

Rose set out on the 1400-kilometre length-of-South Island charity walk, on the Te Araroa Trail, on February 20 and reached Bluff on April 28.

Along the way, he set out to raise $250,000, to be split between Melanoma NZ, Rainbow Youth, Christchurch City Mission, Antarctic Heritage Trust, Braintree Wellness Centre, Champion Foundation Trust, Wakatipu High School Foundation, Bruce Grant Youth Trust, Hollyford Conservation Trust and the Wakatipu Community Foundation, for an endowment fund to support mental health initiatives — it’s also administering his fundraising.

To date he’s raised $237,000 and will close off fundraising tomorrow, when he’ll also draw the winner of a Queenstown prize pack.

Every person who donates at least $140, or 10 cents per kilometre Rose walked, goes into the draw to win the $7000 package, which comprises a three-day guided walk for two with Ultimate Hikes on the Routeburn Track, a scenic flight for two with The Helicopter Line, a Flame dinner voucher, two nights at the Novotel Queenstown, and a Royalburn Farm Shop voucher.

The winner has the option of re-donating the prize — if that’s the case, Rose will run a 48-hour Trade Me auction, with the winning bid proceeds to be donated, in full, to the Te Araroa Trail Charitable Trust.

Donations can be made via mattsgoodwalk.nz

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