Rid­ers drop in

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

All Blacks le­gend Chris­tian Cullen rolled into town last week as part of a fundrais­ing bike ride down the length of New Zealand.

The team of seven cy­clists were half­way through their 19-day, 1600 kilo­me­tre jour­ney when they stopped for a breather at Mon­teith’s bar in Mana.

The Ride4Life is in aid of the Neona­tal Trust, which helps fam­i­lies with pre­ma­ture ba­bies. The Welling­ton-based trust buys hospi­tal equip­ment, funds re­search, sets up sup­port groups and pro­vides fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance to fam­i­lies who might have had to give up jobs to care for their new­borns. Nine thou­sand Kiwi ba­bies are born pre­ma­ture ev­ery year.

This is the first year the char­ity has fundraised with a bike ride, and the trust has col­lected thou­sands of dol­lars in each city and town rid­ers have vis­ited.

‘‘It is a very spe­cial cause,’’ said the trust’s chief ex­ec­u­tive, Michael Meads. ‘‘Ev­ery­one un­der­stands the need to sup­port the Neona­tal Trust.’’

A Para­pa­raumu res­i­dent, Mr Cullen was roped into the ride by his neigh­bour Mr Meads, but said on a good day with head­winds it was an en­joy­able jour­ney.

The cause was a good mo­ti­va­tion on tough stretches, he said.

‘‘The one thing we all wish is that our ba­bies are healthy.’’

Tak­ing a breather: Former All Black Chris­tian Cullen was in Mana last week, tak­ing a break from his cross-coun­try bike ride for the Neona­tal Trust. The seven cy­clists mak­ing the jour­ney are Dar­ryl Ross, Anja Raynes, Mike Young, Cullen, Sarah Coles, Ray Mar­shall and John Miller.

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