Hip injury doesn't deter fundraising bike rider

SAHIBAN KANWAL
Last updated 05:00 01/07/2014
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BIKING FOR A CAUSE: Timaru resident Kiri Turner is fundraising for cancer research by taking part in a 200km bike ride in November.

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A 200-kilometre bike ride in two days?

That's no sweat, but it is a lot of preparation for Timaru woman Kiri Turner.

That's her attitude as she prepares herself to take to the roads for the 2014 Ride to Conquer Cancer bike ride. It promises to be tough, but it's a challenge she's willing to undertake.

"It will be a challenge in a number of ways, as I currently have a serious and painful hip injury that doesn't allow me to participate in most forms of physical activity. My ankle recently got reconstructed and my surgery is ongoing. However, cycling is one I can do without a high level of discomfort," Turner said.

Her parents and friends think she is crazy.

Turner is very proud of being the southernmost participant in the charity event and she has aimed high in regard to raising funds.

"My target is $20,000, and so far I have raised over $3700. I am doing a few events to fundraise, like a pub quiz on July 15. There will be prizes on the night and raffles. Everybody has been really supportive so far, and I would really appreciate the continued support of the community."

Her motivation for taking part comes from her former boyfriend, who has testicular cancer. "We were supposed to do it together, but now I am doing it alone. I am participating in this Ride to Conquer Cancer to help support the research of improved cancer-fighting drugs so when people are diagnosed with cancer, they can have the best treatment possible, and their families do not have to experience losing their loved one."

The two-day cycling adventure will begin at the Auckland Racing Club on November 15.

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