A group of cyclists pedalled into South Canterbury yesterday on a mission to raise awareness of cancer in Pacific Island and Maori men.
The Uso Bike Ride had its beginnings in March 2010 when organiser Chris Te'o, who lost his father to pancreatic cancer, participated in a Porirua Relay for Life event. From that experience he was inspired to begin planning for the first Uso Bike Ride, held over eight days in 2011.
The ride takes its name from a Samoan word meaning "brother". It has three goals:
To encourage Pacific Island and Maori men to get health screenings. To promote healthy living through exercise and diet. To improve access to health and physical activity services.
The 2012 journey started from Cape Reinga on October 13. The riders rested in Timaru for the night before continuing on their route to Invercargill.
The ride is supported by Cancer Society New Zealand. For more information on the 2012 event go to www.afolattalofa.co.nz/uso-bike-ride-2012.html
- The Timaru Herald