RRT volunteers from Timaru were out in full gear on Thursday (18th February) to support more than 120 cyclists who peddled more than 385 kilometers to fund raise South Canterbury charities.
Cyclists left Aorangi Park early on Thursday to start the three-day journey from Timaru, to Tekapo, to Kurow, and back.
Mosgiel cyclist Rebecca Cameron, who has personally raised about $700, said “I’ve been surprised and overwhelmed by how many people have come to see us at various legs of the ride, to cheer us on. It makes you feel really good.”
The main reason Cameron wanted to do the ride for the first time this year was because it was benefiting Riding for the Disabled, a charity which had helped her nephew cope with partially losing his eyesight to a brain tumor.
South Canterbury’s Hospice, Family Works, YMCA, Heart Kids, Graeme Dingle Foundation, Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Child Restraint Rentals will also get a slice of the funds.
A welcomed refreshment stop at Tekapo Military camp was one well marked on the route for cyclists. A team of 12 RRT volunteers put aside their office duties for a day to show their support to the 120 cyclists and the tremendous efforts they’d made. Between preparing a nutritious BBQ meal, volunteers spared a minute to cheer on each participant as they reached another milestone of the journey!
Cyclists took the chance to stretch their legs and gear up for the next leg of the ride. A gourmet BBQ burger filled the spot of participants, and for the sweet tooth a dessert was on the menu as well! Chilled water and refreshments was certainly a hit as well.
Ben Boakes, Timaru Team Leader said “RRT volunteers are always looking forward to helping at this worthy annual event. The gratitude and appreciation we receive from the community makes it all the more worthwhile. Providing our support to local charities is at the heart of what we do, and we’ll be back next year!”
Ride chairman Max Munro said fundraising efforts had passed the $130,000 mark with more expected to roll in. “The region has really go behind us. We’re really blown away by the support we get. The response from the riders and the community as a whole has been exceptional.”
The ride has raised more than $2 million for charity over the years.