Fa­ther cy­cles 3500km, beats orig­i­nal goal

Franklin County News - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - RUWADE BRYANT

‘‘I would like to say a big thank you to the lo­cal sup­port and all the busi­ness bosses that helped me blow my $5000 target to $12,000. So thank you to ev­ery­one who do­nated.’’

Waiuku’s Shayne Thom­son has done it.

The owner of Frog­gies, Waiuku, has cy­cled over 3500 kilo­me­tres dur­ing the month of July and ‘‘smashed’’ his orig­i­nal goal of fundrais­ing $5000.

Thom­son fin­ished his in­door jour­ney at the end of the month where he ped­aled 80km to end his stint be­hind the han­dle bars of the ex­er­cy­cle.

Thom­son orig­i­nally set out to cy­cle 3000km dur­ing July, while copy­ing each stage of the worl­drenowned Tour de France cy­cle race, to help raise money for Di­a­betes New Zealand af­ter his daugh­ter was di­ag­nosed with type one di­a­betes last year.

He raised over $11,000 and cy­cled 3540km.

Thom­son said the hard­est part about the ex­er­cy­cle jour­ney was ap­proach­ing the end.

How­ever, he said he must have been ‘‘rel­a­tively fit’’ be­fore hop­ping on the cy­cle and said that his re­sults were a tes­ta­ment to that.

The fa­ther of two was ex­cited for what the fu­ture held for Di­a­betes New Zealand and said a ma­jor­ity of the funds raised would go to­wards the man­u­fac­tur­ing of Jerry the Bear - an in­ter­ac­tive teddy bear that ed­u­cates chil­dren, with type one di­a­betes, how to test blood sugar lev­els, count carbs and in­ject in­sulin.

Thom­son’s fi­nal bid to raise more money was a pitch to the pub­lic stat­ing that he would shave his legs if funds reached $10,000.

‘‘The fact that I was ly­ing there in pain made them put their hands in their pocket,’’ laughed Thom­son.

His cy­cling days aren’t over though.

He plans to con­tinue cy­cling to raise money and hopes to com­plete a 150km cy­cle ride around Taupo next year.

He thanked those who sup­ported him and do­nated.

‘‘I would like to say a big thank you to the lo­cal sup­port and all the busi­ness bosses that helped me blow my $5000 target to $12,000.

‘‘So thank you to ev­ery­one who do­nated.’’

Shayne Thom­son raised over $11,000 and cy­cled 3540km.

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