Honouring Samuel while helping Ryuki
“Ability is no limit to adventure!” was amotto that Hawke’s Bay man Samuel Gibson lived by.
Samuel Gibson was never going to be in the front row of a rugby scrum, but that did not stop him achieving his dreams.
To his family and friends, he was the kind and patient son, brother, family member and friend who always had time to talk.
The nation knew him as an adventurer who conquered great feats and inspired thousands.
The 39-year-old, who had the rare brittle bone disease osteogenesis imperfecta, died at Hawke’s Bay Hospital last month after a serious head injury during a 10km race in the Hawke’s Bay Marathon.
Samuel was training for his Alps to Ocean run and roll that was due to take place later this year.
The 300km run and roll was to raise funds for a two-year-old boy in Christchurch called Ryuki, who has the same rare brittle bone condition. Samuel wanted to make sure that Ryuki had the same opportunities that he did by helping raise the funds to convert his house and make it wheelchair friendly.
The team at Peak Fitness and Health wanted to honour Samuel and help finish what he started— to put a big dent in the $50,000 he wanted to raise for Ryuki.
Peak Fitness and Health owners and staff are inviting the Hawke’s Bay community to join them at the gym, at 24A Te Aute Rd, Havelock North, to Ride for Ryuki on Friday, June 10.
Peak Fitness and Health director and coach Neil Wagstaff will be riding for 12 hours nonstop, and welcomes anyone to join him who wishes to remember Samuel and support his mission to help Ryuki.
Bikes can be booked for onehour slots from 6am-6pm for a $20 donation.
To book your bike please book in at reception at the gym, or phone 877 9781.
“We encourage any of you to join us who want to push your own limits, come ride for as long as you can. We have sponsorship forms available if you want to raise your own money,” says Neil.
“To finish the day we will be holding a silent auction, plus there will be a number of prize raffle draws.
“This is where we are reaching out to local businesses and the good people of the Bay who may wish to donate something to the cause. Any contribution will be gratefully received and the funds raised will go directly to Ryuki.”
Other ways to show your support are:
Donate directly to Ryuki’s givealittle page.
Promote this event within your networks.
NO LIMIT: Samuel Gibson was training for a fundraising event when he sustained a fatal injury last month.
FOR RYUKI: Two-yearold Ryuki has the same brittle bone disease that Samuel Gibson had.