Passionate Palmerston North Plunket volunteer pumps pedals for cycling fundraiser

Riders on the Palmerston North to Feilding leg of the Pedal for Plunket fundraiser line up ready to go.
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Riders on the Palmerston North to Feilding leg of the Pedal for Plunket fundraiser line up ready to go.

A Manawatu Plunket volunteer is putting the hard yards for the charity's cycling fundraiser, riding hundreds of kilometres to support young Kiwi families.

The Pedal for Plunket fundraiser has seen Plunket and The Warehouse staff riding a relay course across New Zealand through out March, from Warehouse to Warehouse.

The relay started in Cape Reinga and is moving down New Zealand.

While most riders did a leg or two, Plunket parent education organiser Sarah Richards chained together three legs, from Dannevirke to Levin, covering 132 kilometres in two days.

"I work in Levin and Palmerston North and occasionally other places around the Manawatu and Horowhenua," Richards said.

"So, I wanted to make sure I got to all of those areas and represent [every community] I work in."

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Money raised will go towards playgroups and educational courses.

"It's pretty much anything we can think of to help our communities.

"To meet up with other parents, to share experience and support each other is really important for young families."

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As a mother herself, Richards knew how much Plunket helped and wanted to support the charity.

She's been working out, or riding, three or four times a week for the past six weeks to prepare for the ride and promoting the fundraiser through her own Facebook page

Her efforts had netted $135 for Plunket by Monday afternoon.

"It's not as much as some riders, but we all do what we can and building awareness is also very important."

Plunket chief executive Amanda Malu said most Kiwis will know someone who's benefited from the charity's services, but Plunket couldn't maintain those services on their own.

"We need help to raise the $4 million that we need each year to continue our work in the community.

"We want to ensure that all children and their families have the opportunity to thrive. By investing in our children, we are investing in our future."

So far the relay has raised $322,000 for Plunket, exceeding the charity's goal of $300,000.

You can support Pedal for Plunket by adding a dollar to purchases at The Warehouse until March 23.

Donations can also be made online at pedalforplunket.org.nz, or by texting P4P to 2448 to donate $3.

 - Stuff

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