Riders raising funds for southern youth

AMANDA PARKINSON
Last updated 05:00 24/01/2014
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FOLLOW THIS MAN: Michael Lee will lead a team on a gruelling bike ride to raise funds for the Foundation of Youth Development.

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Invercargill man Michael Lee is leading a team of cyclists on a daunting five-day ride over three passes in support of Foundation for Youth Development Southland.

The nine riders start their 700-kilometre journey on February 1 at Lake Hawea, weaving their way to Ashburton via the Haast Pass, Arthur's Pass and Porters Pass, in a tour they have dubbed the "The 3 Passes".

Mr Lee said after driving the route he feels quite apprehensive about the task ahead.

"There is one part, the Rakaia George, where our car really struggled to get up it. It certainly got me thinking I had a pretty epic challenge on my hands."

A trustee of the foundation, Mr Lee said he had always wanted to do the tour and then it became an opportunity to raise funds for Southland children.

"We are covering all our costs, so every dollar fundraised goes towards helping local kids," he said.

Foundation of Youth Development Southland runs programmes with 1200 students across seven schools.

Mr Lee said children and young people throughout Southland benefited from the foundation's two life skills programmes, Kiwi Can and Project K.

"We are using the website to fundraise online where people can register their support. Any donations would be appreciated."

Yesterday, the group had raised $815 in just over 48 hours.

 

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