RRT volunteers from Christchurch and Rangiora fueled bike riders for Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari, a bi-annual endurance ride, coast to coast, to raise funds for the Cancer Society of New Zealand, Canterbury-West Coast Division. Providing hot meals, refreshments and barista made coffee, RRT supported people who scootered their way for a worthy cause.
It’s not a race or for the faint hearted – it is designed to be the coldest, longest, hardest, most grueling and uncomfortable test of endurance on a city scooter. People participate to show their support and awareness for those living with cancer and the challenges they face – the Safari is nothing compared to that!
The 250km ride with over 250 motorised scooters kicked off in Christchurch, where riders rode over the Southern Alps and finished up in Hokitika on Saturday 7th November.
It was wet, cold and perhaps not the most desirable day to be outdoors cooking a BBQ. However, that didn’t dampen the spirits of 35 RRT volunteers who were keen to join in the ‘humming’ atmosphere of the day!
Arthurs Pass was a pit stop not to be missed! Here RRT served over 475 nutritious kiwi burgers along with chilled water and for some, a hand warming barista coffee was high on the menu!
Amanda Warren, Scooter Safari event manager appreciated RRT’s support and reiterated the importance of RRT’s involvement this year. “Thank you so much once again for the fabulous lunch the Rapid Relief team did at Arthurs Pass. I am getting loads of emails and messages saying how great the food was on the Safari” Amanda said.
Campbell Watt, RRT’s Regional Team Leader (RTL) said the RRT always looked forward to contributing to this worthy bi-annual ride. “We really enjoy getting out there throughout the event, providing food and refreshments for the riders and being a part of the generous community spirit.
“We hope our contribution goes a small way towards helping the Cancer Society and to making life for those living with Cancer a little bit easier,” Campbell said.