Hon­our­ing Sa­muel while help­ing Ryuki

Havelock North Village Press - - News -

“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.

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