Cycling for a good cause or two

LUCKY RECIPIENTS: Representatives of groups to benefit from this year's Central South Island Charity Bike Ride fundraising effort receive their cheques from president Morrell McFetrich.
LUCKY RECIPIENTS: Representatives of groups to benefit from this year's Central South Island Charity Bike Ride fundraising effort receive their cheques from president Morrell McFetrich.

A fundraising target of $1million is within reach for a group of avid South Canterbury cyclists.

The Central South Island Charity Bike Ride group wants to reach the $1m milestone in time for its 10th anniversary, in two years.

Funds raised since the event's inception so far total $800,000, which has been distributed among various community groups.

This year the ride raised $120,000, benefiting Hospice South Canterbury, Heart Foundation South Canterbury, Plunket Society South Canterbury, Timaru Mental Health Support Trust, Family Works, Idea Services (IHC) and Cystic Fibrosis.

Co-ordinator Phil Laurie said achieving the $1m target next year was unrealistic, because of Timaru's Relay for Life, run every two years. "We'll struggle," he said of the two events coinciding at the same time of the year.

However, he said achieving the $1m was likely the following year, which would coincide with the event's 10th anniversary.

Riders pay $150 to enter the three-day event. Their fee covers all the running costs.

Participants are also required to fundraise $350. The most raised by a single rider this year was $6000.

Plans for next year's charity bike ride are now under way and dates are set, with February 21-23 marked on the calendar. Entry forms will be available from September 1.

Funding applications open on June 1 and close on June 30.

The Timaru Herald