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.