Charities $136,000 better off from bike ride

OUTSTANDING RESULT: The annual Central South Island Charity Bike Ride has raised the largest amount yet  $136,000 for  charities. Co-ordinators Sharyn Nolan, left,  and Morrell McFetrich lead the celebrations.
OUTSTANDING RESULT: The annual Central South Island Charity Bike Ride has raised the largest amount yet $136,000 for charities. Co-ordinators Sharyn Nolan, left, and Morrell McFetrich lead the celebrations.

The Central South Island Charity Bike Ride has tipped the half-million dollar mark.

Eight South Canterbury charities yesterday received donations from this year's ride, which saw more than 170 riders raise $136,000.

That figure brings the total amount raised by the ride in its six-year history to just over $500,000.

The South Canterbury Hospice received $54,400, Arthritis New Zealand $20,400, Asthma South Canterbury $20,400, South Canterbury Ostomy Society $13,600, SPELD South Canterbury $6800, Timaru Senior Citizens Association $6800, Upper Waitaki Returned and Services Association $6800 and Cystic Fibrosis Association $6800.

Spokesman Bruce McDougall said the ride was now widely recognised as a genuine cause for charity.

"You've got 170 riders and each of those people are working in the community.

"They are sponsored by friends and family and on top of that, they have to raise a minimum sponsorship.

"A lot of work goes on behind the scenes as well as during the event itself."

The riders cover 365km from Timaru to Kurow, through to Lake Tekapo and back to Timaru.

The Timaru Herald