Three Palmerston North posties who are all turning 65 this month plan to celebrate their landmark birthdays by cycling 650 kilometres in just four days.
John Lithgow, Colin Anderson and John Burmeister, who are all either current or retired posties, want to use their birthdays as a way to raise funds for CanTeen, which supports young people living with cancer.
Starting in Palmerston North on October 19, the trio will head to Napier before going on to Taupo, with overnight stays in Napier, Taupo and Taihape.
They will then head back to Palmerston North.
They expect to be home on Labour Day.
The cyclists will carry cards informing people about their purpose.
"When we are on the road and people ask what we are doing, we'll give them a card and they can go and donate," Mr Lithgow said.
“The ride is as much about raising awareness of CanTeen as getting a lot of money."
Mr Anderson said they would be stopping at Ruahine School in Dannevirke on October 19 on the way to Napier. "The school is having a funky hair day,” he said.
Children would be able to get prizes by giving donations.
CanTeen will also have a stall to raise funds at the Viking Market on the same day. The trio will also push for cycle safety and healthy living habits.
CanTeen youth worker Emilie Kitchin said CanTeen had 70 members in Manawatu and carried out education programmes for young people with cancer.
“We try to build them up with life skills on how to live after going through the cancer journey,” Ms Kitchin said.
The men have been friends since they used to be posties and they still meet twice a week to cycle. They will ride between six and eight hours a day during the tour.
Mr Anderson is the record holder for cycling between Cape Reinga and Bluff, taking 4 days and 17 hours.
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