Riding his bike to raise cash in cancer tribute
A man has stopped in Rotorua this week on his 1200km journey raising money for prostate cancer to pay tribute to a local man who died from the illness.
Chris Jones is raising money for prostate cancer with a cycle from Christchurch to Hampton Downs in Hamilton.
While his journey ends in Hampton Downs on October 7, he’ll cycle for a further four hours around the track as part of Pedal4prostate, an endurance race in support of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.
The Christchurch man, who is the vicepresident of the Prostate Cancer Foundation, has survived prostate cancer himself and stopped in Rotorua as part of the journey.
“Rotorua wasn’t originally on the course but one feature of the ride is I dedicate each day to a chap who is no longer with us because of prostate cancer.
“I experienced prostate cancer and I’m able to get out on my bike and ride whereas the chaps I’m remembered every single day can’t.”
Jones was 51 when diagnosed. He had no symptoms and it was unexpected. However he found out early and was treated successfully.
Jones started his ride on September 23 and rolled into Rotorua yesterday to stay overnight.
He dedicated the day to Rotorua man Phil Hunt, who lost his battle with prostate cancer last year.
Jones will ride on to Cambridge, then to Ohaupo¯ ¯ and then to Hampton Downs. He’s asking people to sponsor him per kilometre.
■ Go to www.facebook.com/ibike4u to donate.
Prostate Cancer Foundation vicepresident Chris Jones.