Donations and number of charity riders soar
The cash keeps on coming in for the Central South Island Charity Bike Ride, with the latest event expected to raise $180,000 to $185,000, the largest sum yet.
While organisers were hoping for $100,000 to $120,000 this year, it looks set to provide local charities with around $50,000 more than the previous best year, spokesman Phil Laurie said yesterday.
The ride also attracted the largest number of riders with 169 taking part in the three-day ride, from Timaru to Kurow, then on to Tekapo before riding back to Timaru on Saturday.
Mr Laurie said they had been expecting a "bad" year for donations as traditionally they received much less on alternate years when the ride was only weeks before the Cancer Society's Relay for Life Fundraising event.
The total looked likely to average out at around $1100 for each rider. The major charities to benefit from the ride this year will be the South Canterbury Hospice, which will receive 40 per cent, and Anglican Care and Presbyterian Support, which will each receive 15 per cent. A further six charities will receive 5 per cent, or around $9000, each.
Even the weather played its part this year, with Mr Laurie describing it as the best conditions they had over the nine rides.
Injuries were also at a minimum with the worst crash of the three days being Mr Laurie himself, when he got the speed wobbles while coming down Burkes Pass at about 70kmh. He suffered bruised ribs and was unable to complete the ride back to the SBS Events Centre in Timaru.
While still feeling sore yesterday, it has not been enough to put him off the ride.
The Timaru Herald