Project Description

On Thursday 5 November I escaped from Hawkes Bay for a week. I flew to Wellington (it was blooming cold), and then on a tiny plane to Blenheim. I was on my way to an 8 day adventure at Outward Bound at Anakiwa in Queen Charlotte Sound. The course is called Activate and it is for people who have physical disabilities. They also do courses for teenagers and adults and people with other disabilities. WINZ paid for me to go.

It was the first time I have flown – it was a bit scary from Napier and then as soon as I landed in Wellington I just wanted to carry on flying. I think what put me off the first time was listening to the news and hearing about the planes crashing overseas, but it was as easy as going in the taxi. The second plane was noisy – I couldn’t even hear what they were saying but it was a really short flight. In Blenheim the security staff took me to the taxi stand – my taxi was already there so I didn’t have to wait. They took me to the ferry terminal in Picton. It was a very long wait there. Aaron and I were the first ones but after lunch the other Outward Bound students started coming in. There were lots of courses starting, not just Activate so there were loads of people. We had to line up in alphabetical order and then everyone got onto the boat. The trip to Anakiwa was a bit bumpy – it was my first time on a ferry and was good fun.

With Scott Watch 611 in the watch house

I wasn’t expecting to do it all but I actually did it and I didn’t want to come home. It was a great experience – if you are thinking about it… just do it! I’ve put Mark’s name down to go next!

Charlie Wallis