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Celebrity adventurer Bear Grylls will travel to New Zealand in March to raise money for charity.

The Man Vs. Wild star will appear at two events in the country – one at Auckland’s Skycity Convention Centre (March 2) and the other at Wellington’s Michael Fowler Centre (March 3) – will raise money for the Wellington Children’s Hospital and victims of November’s Pike River mining disaster.

“Bear is all about making it in any situation – and something like Pike River where they’ve been through so much, there’s a lot of correlation there,” said organizer Jamie Templeton. “He is the everyday working-man’s hero. He makes you realize that against all odds, and with the right attitude, anything is possible.”

29 miners at Pike River were trapped underground for 6 days following an explosion in November before a second explosion took all hope of survival away – leaving at least 13 children without fathers.

Grylls was the youngest Briton to climb Everest in 1998, just two years after breaking his back while parachuting. He is now known for his TV series’ on survival in the wild.

Bear Grylls in New Zealand
Bear Grylls in New Zealand
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