Speaking in a radio interview with the Pacific Media Group earlier this week, Talbot said he was touched to take up the challenge when he was volunteering at the Creative Centre in Rarotonga.
Talbot said in preparation for the challenge he has had some physical training in Rarotonga, and was already preparing in New Zealand.
“I lost 10 kilos for the build-up and I have a good diet. The physical part is done and now it is the mental part that I am preparing for, where I have been reading my notes and trying to understand the challenge in front of me.
“In terms of support, I have a number of people supporting me. From the 110 stops I have, I have 57 billets, four are families and the rest are strangers which are all through the power of Facebook, thanks to the generosity of the people of Rarotonga and New Zealand.”
Talbot said he has also received a lot support from the Creative Centre.
“A number of people we know personally have sons and daughters at the centre, they have encouraged me and given me support from the fundraising on the island, Cooks Foundation and the community has been right behind me,” he said.
The experienced hiker begins his walk on January 28 where he departs from Bluff for the #CreativeTrailFeb2019.
Everyone is encouraged to help a great cause and achieve the goal of raising of $300,000.
Talbot can be followed on Facebook: Creative Trail Feb 2019 or #creative_hiker or #creativetrailfeb2019
Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of James Talbot on behalf of Creative Centre Rarotonga, Cook Islands.
The donations will go towards the Respite Care units.
As of yesterday on the on Give a Little page ( https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/creative-trail-feb-2019/updates ) there have 16 donors and a total of $1250 have been donated.