Harbour bridge opens for cyclists
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