Har­bour bridge opens for cy­clists

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Cars will be banned and buses ban­ished as Auck­land’s Har­bour Bridge and North­ern busway are opened up to cy­clists for the an­nual Bike the Bridge event later this year.

The Novem­ber 10 event is open to ev­ery­one from se­ri­ous cy­clists to chil­dren and tod­dlers, with all funds raised go­ing to the Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis Auck­land Re­gion Trust.

The event’s in­au­gu­ral ride in 2011 raised more than $70,000 for the Mul­ti­ple Scle­ro­sis So­ci­ety as cy­clists took to the bridge for the first time.

Places for this year’s event are strictly limited so rid­ers are be­ing en­cour­aged to se­cure a spot early.

St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege stu­dents have raised a whop­ping $12,711.40 for the Auck­land Res­cue He­li­copter Trust. Money was raised from both a Fa­ther-Daugh­ter break­fast when dads and daugh­ters heard about the ser­vice the helicopters pro­vide, and

the spon­sored Chop­per Chal­lenge where girls did spon­sored ex­er­cises. The high­est stu­dent fundraiser was six-year-old Sa­van­nah Jensen, who raised more than $1000 by her­self. She did this by door-knock­ing,

ask­ing her par­ents’ col­leagues and even rang her grand­mother in South Africa. Sa­van­nah’s mother is an emer­gency physi­cian at Auck­land Hos­pi­tal and works with some of the res­cue he­li­copter doc­tors, so this gave Sa­van­nah in­spi­ra­tion to fundraise as much as she could. Money raised goes to­wards the Auck­land Res­cue He­li­copter Trust’s HEMS pro­gramme that keeps spe­cial­ist emer­gency doc­tors on board the

helicopters. Pic­tured are He­li­copter Trust rep­re­sen­ta­tive Nathan Tur­ley, the third high­est stu­dent fundraiser Amelia Thomp­son and spe­cial­ist emer­gency doc­tor and St Cuth­bert’s Col­lege Old Girl Sa­man­tha

Ben­dall.

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