Biker on mission to feed the hungry
The wheels are finally starting to turn on Jason Shaw’s grand plan to help those in need.
On Sunday he will host the inaugural Gold Coin and Can Ride in support of the Auckland City Mission.
Seeing a newspaper photo of people lined up outside the Mission before Christmas prompted Shaw to organise the motorcycle rally.
‘‘A lot of people know about the mission but they don’t really know what it does,’’ the One Tree Hill man says. ‘‘It’s been an education even for us.
‘‘I thought it was like a soup kitchen, but it isn’t.
‘‘It relies on daily donations and they can only give out what comes in that day.
‘‘If food doesn’t nothing goes out.’’
Over the past four years the number of people going to the mission for help has doubled, and the number of food parcels it distributes has increased by more than 40 per cent.
Shaw has been planning the rally for 18 months and has timed it to
donated, fall before Christmas, which is one of the mission’s busiest times.
Riders need to bring along a gold coin and a can of food to enter.
They need to meet at the Stardome carpark at 9am and the rally will begin at 10am.
The route follows a loop through central Auckland and avoids the motorway so those with scooters are welcome to take part.
There will be a barbecue and spot prizes afterwards.
Charity rider: Jason Shaw is calling for people to support the Auckland City Mission by taking part in his Gold Coin and Can Ride on Sunday.