Maurice and Donald Wills in happier times.

Running For Dad


Thirty three year old Maurice Wills is fond of his Dad and after attending Shirley Boys High School, he lived with him while gaining a post graduate qualification from Canterbury University. Maurice’s father Donald, an English teacher, writer and travel blogger has been domiciled in Vietnam for some time, while Maurice, along with his family, live in Rolleston.

“I’m a computer geography specialist,” Maurice said, “and my skills have seen me work at Environment Canterbury, and Hurunui District Council, as well as assist in Civil Defence emergencies ie Christchurch Earthquake 2011, Kaikoura Earthquake 2016 and the Port Hills Fire. We recently built a house and moved to Rolleston where my daughter attends West Rolleston School; we love it here and are very happy to have moved to the town.

Maurice is hoping folk will read this and find it in their hearts to donate to his Givealittle page so he can bring his Dad Donald, home from Vietnam, where he is currently hospitalised.

“My Dad suffered a severe brain injury on September 9th, in his Vietnam home,” Maurice explained. “He is currently in Neurosurgery Critical Care in a Ho Chi Minh City Hospital and so I’ve come to Vietnam to not only be by his side, but also to make plans for his recovery. He is facing a tough road ahead that will take him months to recuperate and I hope we can get him well enough to return to New Zealand,” Maurice said.  “I’ve created the Givealittle page to help my Dad on his road to recovery and any funds raised will be used on medical needs, ongoing care and a flight home with a doctor escort (this is estimated to cost around $20,000). Dad has always been a tough and brave guy who has lived a life full of adventure, unfortunately this will be the toughest journey that he’ll ever have to undertake.

“I’m also going to attempt a sponsored run (walk or even crawl – I’ve never run more than twelve kilometres) marathon distance on the beach here in Vung Tau, Vietnam on the weekend of October 6th and 7th and are hopeful of raising further funds from this too.

If anyone can help, Maurice would be gratefully appreciative; the Givealittle page is: or search on Facebook – Running4dad and find the link there too.