Moseying for charity
Do not be alarmed if you see a contingent of moustached men riding scooters this month.
Men with moes are among the people preparing for the annual Movember scooter ride from Timaru to Nelson on November 30.
More than 40 riders, men and women, have already signed up for the road trip, which aims to raise money for Movember - a moustache-growing charity event held each November to raise funds and awareness for men's health.
Participant Peter Boyce said Timaru's scooter road trip, inspired by Dunedin's Undie 500, was gaining momentum among supporters.
He said Timaru's Movember supporters wanted to do something fun for the cause so decided to "put their own spin" on the Undie 500 concept.
"So we came up with the idea to ride scooters to Nelson."
Its popularity means the trip has been capped at 50 riders. There are 45 confirmed so far.
Mr Boyce expects the journey, which will follow an inland scenic route, to take two days. He also expects some breakdowns along the way, which a support crew will be on hand to assist with.
"We have a truck and trailer support vehicle that picks up any breakdowns along the way and takes them for repairs . . . or transports [the rider and scooter] the whole way, if need be."
Mr Boyce's wife Rachael and their Jack Russell fox terrier cross, Toastie, are also going along for the ride.
Toastie will travel in a box on the back of Mrs Boyce's scooter.
Last year's ride had 17 participants, who raised $5000. This year the aim is to double that by raising $200 each for the cause.
"We're aiming for $10,000, which I think will be easily achievable given our numbers," Mr Boyce said.
The Timaru Herald