Dis­ap­point­ing fundraiser ride ‘was a good trial run’

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

A re­vamped Hospi Char­ity Bike Ride at­tracted plenty of fam­i­lies but a dis­ap­point­ing num­ber of paying rid­ers, or­gan­iser Ed­die Bright says.

Eighty peo­ple took part in five dif­fer­ent events round a city road cir­cuit on March 10.

That com­pares to the 250 rid­ers who com­peted last year in the ride’s orig­i­nal in­car­na­tion as a gru­elling 50 kilo­me­tre course from Kenepuru to Welling­ton Hospi­tal.

The event raised $5000 for Welling­ton Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal, whereas in pre­vi­ous years it made $20,000.

The turnout for this year’s Porirua-cen­tric ride was a let­down, Mr Bright says.

‘‘It’s dis­ap­point­ing when you put so much time and en­ergy into it. An­other 100 peo­ple would have been good.’’

The Hospi, which now caters for younger and less ex­pe­ri­enced rid­ers, could still be­come an iconic Welling­ton event like the Round the Bays run, Mr Bright says. ‘‘I’m con­fi­dent it will take off.’’ Those who did take part this year en­joyed fan­tas­tic weather and wellor­gan­ised cat­e­gory events, he says.

‘‘All the peo­ple who turned up had an amaz­ing time.’’

Look­ing on the bright side, smaller num­bers meant or­gan­is­ers could en­sure the event was per­fectly run, and pre­pare bet­ter for a big event next year, Mr Bright says. ‘‘It was a good trial run.’’ About 100 chil­dren took part in fun bike races at Kenepuru Hospi­tal and en­joyed the bouncy cas­tle, face paint­ing and bar­be­cue put on by Bun­nings Ware­house, and all the good­ies do­nated by Whit­taker’s.

‘‘The kids just loved it – that might have been the bars of choco­late they were get­ting,’’ Mr Bright says.

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