Chop­pers cheer

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Shane Cameron and Josh Kron­feld were pop­u­lar but the kids were the stars of the show as a mo­tor­cy­cle ride to raise money for child can­cer stopped in Porirua last week.

The for­mer All Black flanker and the cham­pion boxer were among 50 riders who cruised into Porirua Pak ’n Save’s car park on their way to Welling­ton.

The ride be­gan in Puhoi, north of Auck­land, on Septem­ber 2 and ended with a break­fast and tree plant­ing in Mid­land Park, Welling­ton, last Fri­day.

Hun­dreds of riders took part in dif­fer­ent stages and the ride looked to eclipse the $14,000 raised in its first out­ing last year.

Kron­feld was a lit­tle sad­dle sore af­ter hit­ting a hole ear­lier in the day but had en­joyed the ex­pe­ri­ence. He said New Zealan­ders were very giv­ing, sup­port­ing a cause that re­ceived no gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

‘‘It was pretty suc­cess­ful first time out, some­thing that’s grown with more [mo­tor­cy­cle] clubs in­volved. The neat thing is the bikes are a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent so peo­ple come up and have a look,’’ he said. ‘‘It’s a won­der­ful char­ity and we’re just try­ing to cre­ate that aware­ness; we all like rid­ing bikes so we’re hav­ing fun and meet­ing plenty of Ki­wis on the way.’’

Guests of hon­our in Porirua were young can­cer suf­fer­ers Bri­anna Huy­nen and Peter Dun­ford, who were keen to see the chop­per mo­tor­cy­cles.

Shane Cameron said their courage and strength was in­spir­ing and he was happy to sup­port the cause.

Peo­ple can do­nate $3 to the Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion by tex­ting ‘‘bead’’ to 206.

Can­cer ride: Peter Dun­ford, with mum Cara and ex-All Black Josh Kron­feld at the Chop­per for Child Can­cer bike ride last week. Peter, who is nearly 3, has leukaemia.

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