Cy­cling for can­cer aware­ness

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Two men will put their met­tle to the ped­als and keep their fam­i­lies at the front of their minds when they tackle a 645 kilo­me­tre cy­cle ride from Auck­land to Porirua later this month.

The Uso Bike Ride is the brain­child of Chris Te’o, who will ride in hon­our of his fa­ther, who died from pan­cre­atic can­cer in 2009, and to raise health aware­ness amongst Pa­cific Is­land men.

‘‘Uso’’ is Samoan for ‘‘brother’’, and join­ing him on the chal­lenge is his brother-in-law Mark Ler­will, for whom the ride will also bear per­sonal sig­nif­i­cance – his wife Ngaire is un­der­go­ing chemo­ther­apy.

The pair will de­part Auck­land on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 26 and plan to reach Te Rau­paraha Arena in Porirua on March 5.

Mr Te’o – who was born in Porirua – was pre­par­ing for the Lake Taupo Cy­cle Chal­lenge when his fa­ther died. He sub­se­quently pulled out of the event and has de­vised his own two-wheeled pur­suit, both as a trib­ute and an aware­ness drive.

‘‘Can­cer statis­tics for Pa­cific peo­ples are con­cern­ing and [lack of] health­care has much to do with that,’’ he says.

Chris Te’o and Mark Ler­will will cy­cle from Auck­land to Porirua in hon­our of their fam­i­lies and to raise can­cer aware­ness amongst Pa­cific Is­land men.

The men will be spon­sored by Avanti Plus Porirua and sup­ported by PIC Porirua – where Mr Te’o’s fa­ther was a dea­con for many years – Spa­cific PR Ltd, The Can­cer So­ci­ety and Pa­cific Is­land churches through­out the North Is­land, sev­eral of which will be stop­ping points along the trek.

Florence Fau­muina-Aiono, from Spa­cific PR Ltd, says that the ini­tia­tive has many ‘‘gems’’ for Pa­cific men.

‘‘It taps into the pos­i­tive as­pects of Pa­cific cul­ture to send a clear mes­sage of unity from our men and for our men.’’

Can­cer So­ci­ety chief ex­ec­u­tive Dal­ton Kelly says the or­gan­i­sa­tion warmly sup­ports Mr Te’o and Mr Ler­will’s jour­ney and is grate­ful for the work they’re do­ing to help raise can­cer aware­ness amongst the Pa­cific com­mu­nity.

The cy­cle chal­lenge will be doc­u­mented on film to de­velop re­sources for Pa­cific com­mu­ni­ties.

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