$10k raised for cyclist's family

22:56, Nov 25 2012

The students of a Dunedin lecturer killed in a cycling accident last week have raised nearly $10,000 for his family.

Dr LiHong He, who often went by the name Chris, was struck by a truck and trailer unit while cycling in Cumberland St last Monday.

He worked as a dentistry lecturer at Otago University and left behind a wife and two young children - one of whom is only two months old.

More than 600 of He's students set up a Facebook page in memory of the popular lecturer, and asked for donations for He's family.

Over the weekend, donations reached $9400.

"Messages and donations have been received from all over New Zealand and Australia. It is very touching to see the wider community members supporting this cause," a message on the page read.


Donations to the family will end at midnight.

Last week, He's boss, Greg Seymour, told The Press the department was in shock at the loss of a "much-loved colleague and friend".

"It's very sad and shocking for the whole school. He was well-liked by all the staff and his students," he said.

"It's terribly sad for the family."

A funeral for He will be held tomorrow.

The Press