Friends and family met him at Rarotonga Airport early yesterday morning, after his 4½ months away from his partner and children.
Wife Ani placed the first ei on him.
She told how her sister Frances, 53, was being assisted with her disability, at the
Frances had been going to the centre since early this year, and this has driven them to give more support.
“I wanted her to attend the centre so she has something to do and is busy doing things,” Ani explained. “So the Creative Centre helps us to help her. Rather than sitting at home all day. And she loves it.”
“It’s not easy and hasn’t been easy for me. Thank goodness for the centre.”
Frances, too, was happy to see James back home.
Ani said her husband was changed, after the 3200km walk from Bluff to Cape Reinga.
And he agreed: “I know I have become a much different person from this experience,” he explained. “I have a new relationship with Jesus, who guided me and kept me safe from Bluff to the Cape.”
He had begun to understand mental and emotional wellbeing, and the importance of
being focused. Now, Talbot will be working on his book: Post
to post, a creative journey of New Zealand.
The Givealittle page closes at the end of July, with the final payment to the Creative Centre expected to be made at the end of August. $22,785 has been raised so far.
Talbot said an audited account would be presented to the Creative Centre board.
As Talbot returns home to his family, Ani paid tribute to his selfless and generous actions. Now, she said, it was time to welcome him home and embrace him.
“It’s about him, not us.”