Inspirational stories and journeys of epic proportions

MASTER AND HOUND: Russell Kearney and his dog, Kei, walk along the Wid Coast on part of the epic journeys

A VETERAN of South African coastline walks over the last 12 years, local man Russell Kearney is finally launching a book about his experiences along the way.

Kearney has been motivated by various reasons undertaking these walks including a personal challenge against life-threatening cancer and the death of his first travelling companion, a dog named Gary. His walking companion is now a rescue-dog named Kei, also a survivor, whom Kearney walked around the perimeter of South Africa, a distance of 6 000km.

He has recently self-published a book on his journeys, Keep Walking, which he will be launching at the Halyards Hotel on Saturday March 10 at 10am.

Kearney began his adventure in 2006 on a walk from Namibia to Cape Town, a distance of 1 000km to raise awareness for the charity Age-in-Action.

“At the time I didn’t expect to continue walking after my third coastline walk, but along came Kei with a new vision to walk around the country, which the succeeded in accomplishing over a twelve month period.”

Surviving metastic melanoma, Kearney adopted Kei who, himself, survived death at birth, parvo fever, glandular fever and food poisoning. The pair has certainly seen their share of life-threatening incidents even before their journey began. The story of their journey is filled with humour, drama and includes encounters with dangerous animals and much more. Most importantly, it is a story of faith, hope and love.

“I have a particular soft spot for the welfare of animals,” said Kearney. “I have pledged to donate R25 of every book sale to Lions Club International to support them in the charitable work they do.”

Signed copies of his inspirational 397-page book, complete with colour photographs, will be available at the launch and will be selling for R250 each.

“I will be very grateful to all those who will be attending to support this worthy cause,” he said.

If you are unable to attend, Kearney can be contacted at 071-835-5361, or by e-mailing him on or on Facebook to order your own copy of the book.

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