Biker on mis­sion to feed the hun­gry

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

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

get

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.

Photo: EMMA WHIT­TAKER

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.

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