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