After volunteering with Raleigh International in Tanzania, Rob Candy is getting ready for his biggest challenge yet: walk the 3000 km length of New Zealand’s Te Araroa trail in pursuit of social change.

Rob, accompanied by friend, Joss Smale, aims to raise NZ $30,000 to aid the lives of 30 young people from Kenya and Tanzania through two charities close to his heart.

Rob’s chosen charities, Raleigh International and People, focus on sustainable development and eradicating poverty respectively.
The trek is expected to take around five months. The pair will take on some of New Zealand’s toughest terrain, and in part skirt the Pacific Ring of Fire.

Having travelled both abroad and within Britain, and lived in Tanzania for six years as a child, Rob has gained rich experiences in a number of diverse cultures.

He regularly goes rock climbing, running, play five-a-side football and cricket, and loves outdoor activities such as archery and biking. He also enjoys writing and has mapped out a story for a children’s book!

Strong believer in community, volunteering and social action, he is always keen to get outdoors and try new things.

2011: Completed the Three Peaks challenge, raising money for the British Heart Foundation in the process.

2011 – 2013: Communications and PR Officer at National Council for Voluntary Youth Services, Old Street, London.

2013: Volunteer at Canon Andrea Mwaka School (International Primary and Secondary), Dodoma, Tanzania, East Africa.

2013: Volunteer at Raleigh International in Tanzania, East Africa.

2013: succeeded in summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro.

2014: Rob's biggest challengeTe Araroa trail in pursuit of social change