Wellington cyclists ride to raise funds for children’s charity

Wellington cyclists ride to raise funds for children’s charity

Thursday, March 17, 2016

FFC rider Gary Baird said the group which meets three days a week in Thorndon has gone on a lot of one day rides but have never done anything
“of this magnitude” before.

“We wanted to do something that would be a challenge,” he said.

With an end goal of raising $250,000 for KidsCan, each member of the group has an individual Givealittle page, the group as a whole has a Givealittle page and they have also held fundraisers and received multiple sponsorships.

“We have had lots of corporate sponsorship which has made a massive contribution,”Brian said.

The group will leave for Christchurch on Saturday,

March 19 and are aiming to arrive in Queenstown on the Wednesday where they will travel up to the tip of Coronet Peak.

Brian said the cyclists will be riding for five to seven hours each day covering 650 kilometres in total.

The riders have already raised over $100,000.

Brian said there are many schools on the waiting list for KidsCan.

“We have a deal that for every $50,000 raised we will get to choose one of the schools to come off the waiting list to be permanently helped by KidsCan,” Brian said.

The group will focus on schools in the Porirua area as it has the highest number of decile one schools in the country.

They will also get the opportunity to be able to visit a school with KidsCan to help give out shoes, coats and lunches.