Big ride for char­ity

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Me­lanie Ver­ran

An Auck­land dad has cy­cled the length of New Zealand to raise money for Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary’s Hi­malayan Trust.

David Pow­ell started in Bluff on April 18, and ended a month later in Cape Reinga.

He had just three rest days among 24 days of cy­cling, in which he av­er­aged about four hours a day.

“The record is four days and 19 hours,” he says. “We weren’t in­ter­ested in break­ing that.

“We were do­ing about 110km a day.”

A num­ber of friends joined him for parts of the jour­ney, but Mr Pow­ell was the only one to cy­cle the en­tire dis­tance.

His wife Junko and nine-month-old daugh­ter May ac­com­pa­nied him in a camper­van do­nated by Es­cape Van Rentals.

The 38-year-old says he was in­spired by Sir Ed as a “leader and ad­ven­turer” when he was grow­ing up.

“I thought it would be nice to raise money for the char­ity while it’s still fresh in peo­ple’s minds,” he says.

It was also a great way to see the coun­try and farewell friends be­fore the fam­ily moved to Mr Pow­ell’s home­land Eng­land.

He has al­ready toured the UK, Ire­land, Ja­pan and Aus­tralia by bike.

About $4000 was raised for the trust. But they’re still hop­ing to raise more.

To make a do­na­tion visit his web­site www. fundraise on­line. co.nz/david­pow­ell.

Photo: FIONA GOODALL

De­served rest: David Pow­ell takes a break af­ter cy­cling from Bluff to Cape Reinga for a fundrais­ing ven­ture.

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