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Adventurer, author, life changer, death cheater.


Brando Yelavich is a young explorer from New Zealand who, on the 24th of August 2014, completed his circumnavigation of New Zealand's beautiful coastline. He climbed, walked, ran and swam around the entire country, living off the land, catching fish, wild birds, wild rabbits and whatever else he could get his hands on, using a guide to all of the edible plants for assistance.

Contributions to Brando's incredible feat went to the Ronald McDonald House, raising money and awareness for all the children and families who are under their care. Brando's circumnavigation was inspired by Into the Wild, but Brando also had personal reasons for undertaking the challenge: he felt he was headed down the wrong path in life and needed to change his direction in a big way. The journey almost cost him his life on several occasions; it took him 600 days and he had to travel more than 8000km, basically alone.

Brando has received the prestigious 'Warrant Officer of the Defence Force Award' from the LSV, for the most effective team member and for leadership, and Wildboy, the book detailing his epic trek, was released in 2015.

He's dedicated his life to adventure and exploration, calling this expedition a turning point in his life.

Brando says he learned so much on the journey that it ignited a spark which he can’t ignore. His goal was to motivate and inspire people through motivational speaking, work shops with school children, influencing via social media and much more.

Today he's produced three books, something he says he found remarkable as he struggles with Dyslexia and ADHD.

Current work
An inspiring speaker with exciting adventures to share, Brando is able to mould his stories around key messages to increase happiness, productivity and motivation in a team environment.

His more recent expeditions include traveling to Nepal to deliver money, clothes and hospital supplies, and crossing the Polar ice cap in Greenland.


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He captivated the audience of 30 young professionals from the very start with his honest & down to earth presentation. Well actually it wasn’t really a presentation, it was more of an unmasked story of his amazing life to date, focussing on his life changing and almost life ending 600 day odyssey on foot around the coast of NZ. His talk was enhanced by the gear he brought with him that had been his life’s belongings during the journey. Brando is inspiring and motivating in his address and clearly reliving his experience when telling his unique story - He is a consummate story teller. He adds a refreshing new face on the speaking circuit. He is a must have for RYLA 2016." RYLA
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