The 11th Central South Island Charity Bike Ride has a whanau flavour to it.
The committee for the event has been in place for the past three years and secretary trustee Sharyn Nolan said, before that, trustees were responsible for running the event.
"Now we have a committee and the trustees are part of the committee, so the workload is divided more evenly. We are looking to increase the number of trustees and it will be discussed at the AGM in September," Nolan said.
Registrations co-ordinator for the event Chris Henriksen said that after 10 very successful years, riders continued to introduce friends and family to the event.
"The ride will be held from February 19 to 21 and will cover 359km of the South Island countryside. The riders are continuously indicating the reason they keep returning each year is because of the challenge it brings and because they are keen to get family and friends involved."
Henriksen said that after raising more than $1 million for local charities, they were looking forward to the 11th year.
"The generosity of businesses and individuals who get behind our fundraising efforts is amazing. Some of the ride's key objectives would be to raise money for small local charities/groups and motivate participation and increase personal health and fitness."
Henriksen has been overwhelmed with the response from charities wishing to be recipients of the 2015 ride.
"Confirmation of the successful recipients will be next week."
Registrations for the bike ride open on August 31 at Caroline Bay Community Lounge from 10am-2pm.
On display will be ride information and the history of the event, cycle shops on site to assist riders, benefactor group displays and personal stories.
Places are limited and they will fill up fast, she said, adding all places were taken on registration day last year.
- The Timaru Herald