Charaties benefit from bike ride

THANKS: From left, Karen McCrostie and Shona Lowson from South Canterbury Hospice  with two of the organisors 
of the event, Morrell McFetrich and Sharyn Nolan presenting the cheque.
THANKS: From left, Karen McCrostie and Shona Lowson from South Canterbury Hospice with two of the organisors of the event, Morrell McFetrich and Sharyn Nolan presenting the cheque.

Six local charities have benefited from the South Canterbury Charities Central South Island Charity Bike Ride.

The 162 riders and 32 support staff raised a total of $125,000 in the annual event.

South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce policy and operations manager Malcolm Eadie said every cent of the money raised is now in the hands of the six local charities.

The South Canterbury Hospice received $48,000, Epilepsy South Canterbury $18,000, Heart Children South Canterbury $18,000, Parent to Parent $18,000, Charge Syndrome Association $9000 and Seabrook McKenzie Trust $9000.

St John was gifted $5000 for the First Aid and Medical support provided during the event.

Spokesman Morrell McFetrich never expected the event to grow so much when it was started four years ago.

The riders covered 365km around the central South Island lakes over a three day period last February.

"We had fabulous community support with 190 businesses donating money, product or services to support the riders and ensure the event was the success it was."

One rider alone raised a total of $5400.

The organisers were nominated as finalists in the Trustpower Community Awards after winning the Trustpower Timaru District Community Sport and Leisure Award and the overall Supreme Winner following the 2007 event.

Although unsuccessful, it was an opportunity for the event to gain a national profile, Mr McFetrich said.

South Canterbury Hospice funding manager Karen McCrostie was thrilled to receive the donation which is the largest amount of money ever given to Hospice from a single fund raising event.

She is also delighted to have had the opportunity to take part in the bike ride.

"It was fun, emotional and self-motivating and knowing every push on the pedal was raising funds for the less fortunate in our community was enough encouragement to get up the most challenging of hills."

 

The Timaru Herald