Silly fun in the Scoot 4 Loot scooter ride se­ri­ous pur­pose

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If you are up for some silly fun for a se­ri­ously good cause — the third an­nual Scoot 4 Loot 50cc Char­ity Scooter Ride is on De­cem­ber 1, leav­ing Whanga­mata¯ at 7.30am.

This year the group is rais­ing funds for Youth­line to help run a Teen Sui­cide Sup­port Pro­gramme in Whanga­mata¯ . Pre­vi­ous ben­e­fi­cia­ries have been Prostate NZ and the West­pac Res­cue He­li­copter, with 35 riders mak­ing the 210km ride around the Penin­sula last year. A Face­book page has been set up at www.face­ where peo­ple can reg­is­ter to be a rider or make a spon­sor­ship do­na­tion, and the page will be up­dated dur­ing the day as the ride pro­gresses.

“We want riders to dress up in cos­tumes for the day as this al­ways adds a bit of fun to it, and there are some spot prizes awarded at the end of the ride, which fin­ishes in Whanga­mata¯ ,” says spokesman Noddy Watts. “There’s even a rider from the USA re­turn­ing for the sec­ond time as he had such a great time last year.”

“I’ve lived on the Penin­sula most of my life, but this is the best way to see the scenery as we are trav­el­ling so much slower than when you travel by car. You can re­lax and take it all in and I’ve seen things I’ve never seen by car.” Any­one want­ing to join the ride is in­vited to meet at the Good Ge­orge Pop Up Bar in Whanga­mata¯ on Thurs­day 22 Novem­ber at 5pm for a brief­ing and pay reg­is­tra­tion of $30 per rider.

A sup­port crew will fol­low riders in case of a break­down or emer­gency.

Noddy says safety is para­mount and con­sid­er­a­tion is given to other ve­hi­cles, how­ever their pa­tience is ap­pre­ci­ated as it was a worth­while cause.

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