Cycling postie seeks votes not money
Palmerston North postie and marathon fundraising cyclist Colin Anderson is looking for a little support, but this time he wants people's votes, not their money.
After years of epic rides and cycling 16,000 kilometres in the past couple of years to raise more than $17,000 for CanTeen, he is a finalist in the TSB Bank People's Choice section of the Pride of New Zealand Awards.
He is one of 24 finalists, the only one from the greater Manawatu area, and is looking for some online votes to push him up the rankings.
More a man of action than a man of words, Anderson has linked up his love of cycling with his empathy for young people.
He is proud of his "buck a kilometre" achievement for CanTeen, which most recently involved biking around the Marlborough Sounds for 10,000km.
Previously a fundraiser for children with heart conditions, he switched allegiances four years ago following his own brush with prostate cancer in 2008.
Last year, the 66-year-old had a heart scare, and had a stent inserted.
But he has no plans to stop working or slack off from cycling.
He said it was nice to have some acknowledgement through the CanTeen nomination for the awards.
"I know others have raised more money than I have, but I do know the bit I raise for CanTeen keeps them ticking over.
"And I've been lucky I can choose my challenges; those CanTeen members aren't so lucky."
Voting for the Pride of New Zealand Awards closes a minute before midnight on Sunday, September 7.
The winner will be announced at the national award ceremony later in the month.