Cyclists to ride for charity
A father and his teenager daughter were steadily pedalling on their mounted wind trainers for three hours last Saturday at Botany Town Centre.
The duo, Orakei residents David and Brodie Tokios, hit the tarmac for real very soon when starting the cycling Tour of New Zealand in the South Island.
They were at the town centre training for the 700-kilometre challenge, and more importantly fulfilling their commitment to raise funds for Neuroendocrine tumours (NETs) charity, the Unicorn Foundation.
They’ve collected more than $6000, and together with another team member Mike Pollok, managing director of Ricoh NZ, which sponsors them, they’ve raised over $24,000.
‘‘For the supporters who had already given to me, I just want to say ‘thanks so much for helping’,’’ David Tokios says.
With his wife suffering from a brain tumour and awaiting surgery, he understands the difficulties facing families that are fighting against cancer.
One New Zealander is diagnosed with NETs every day and the nearest specialist treatment is in Melbourne.
Patients have to self-fund the $50,000 medical costs, which can cause huge stress for sufferers and their families, according to the Unicorn Foundation.
Riding at Botany Town Centre was a great chance to meet new people and generate public aware- ness, Tokios says.
‘‘It’s amazing to see so many people coming up and talk to us. Many are affected by cancer. It’s something that is very close to many people’s hearts.
‘‘By giving to the Unicorn Foundation, you’ll be able to help people that are suffering from those cancers.’’
David and Brodie have been raising funds at the town centre and Westfield St Lukes during weekends since early March and return to Botany Town Centre tomorrow before setting off on the journey.
Dedicated to revolutionising the way that NETs are diagnosed and managed in New Zealand, Unicorn is appreciative of what the family is doing.
‘‘Dave and Brodie are truly inspirational,’’ the charity’s chief executive Siobhan Conroy says.
‘‘We can’t thank them enough for helping to build awareness about who we are and what we are trying to achieve, especially when they have so much going on in their own lives.’’
Unicorn Foundation New Zealand chief executive Siobhan Conroy (left) with David and Brodie Tokios at Botany Town Centre on March 18.