Author of ‘The Long Road from a Broken Heart’ and round-the-world cyclist Jeremey Scott will speak at the Maungaturoto and Districts Rotary fundraiser for the New Zealand Heart Foundation on May 23.
At the tender age of four Jeremy had life-saving open heart surgery but it wasn’t until 34 years later that he embarked on a challenge to cycle the 51,916 kilometres from Britain to New Zealand that he really put his healthy heart to the ultimate test.
Throughout the evening he will relive stories about various encounters along his travels which include battling a range of extreme weather conditions to being interrogated by the Iranian military who suspected him of spying.
“I will touch on the encounters and challenges I had along the way — the people that inspired me, and reflect on how the journey did change me as a person,” he said.
In total the challenge took two years and seven months before Jeremy reached his hometown of Auckland.
Now he is spending the next four months travelling New Zealand and sharing his story and supporting the Heart Foundation on the way.
“My surgeon was a pioneer for open heart surgery back in the seventies and a grant from the New Zealand Heart Foundation helped turn him into a brilliant surgeon. If if he hadn’t received that support back then I might have not been around today, so the foundation has a very personal connection with me.”
Jeremy said he was looking forward to speaking at the fundraiser evening.
“The smaller communities always put in so much effort — that’s why I love speaking in those areas,” he said.
To date Jeremy has raised $40,000 and was awarded the Australian Heart Foundation ‘Hero’ award in 2015.
Rotary spokesperson Eileen Parsons says the evening is open to anyone interested in attending.
The event will start at 7.30pm at the Maungaturoto Centennial Hall — entry fee is $10.