Cyclists are encouraged to start training now for the 3rd annual Pedal4Prostate at Hampton Downs on Sunday 13 October 2019.
The 196 cyclists who took part in last year’s event raised over $137,000 for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and organisers are hoping for an even bigger turn out this year.
Prostate Cancer Foundation CEO, Graeme Woodside, says “The money raised goes towards increasing awareness and funding research into one of the country’s most prolific cancers, that kills over 600 New Zealand men each year.”
“It is such a fun event for what is a very serious issue and we use it to inspire Kiwi men to take control of their health and get tested, as early detection is key to saving lives.
“Last year the enthusiasm from the participants was amazing and this year we are hoping to have many more riders on the track,” he says.
Following the success of the previous two years, the event remains open to teams of two to four riders (or super-fit individuals) along with the introduction of two new categories – E-Bike and Over-60s. There will also be an opportunity for Secondary School teams to enter at a special rate.
On offer is a range of prizes for both individuals and teams as well as the major prize, a trip for two to Hawaii for the entrant who raises the most funds.
Pedal4Prostate is open to everyone over the age of 16 and welcomes all levels of riding experience. Registrations for the event open on the 17th June so make sure you or your team are ready to enter and to start fundraising well ahead of the big day.
This year’s event also welcomes a new major sponsor, New Zealand Crane Hire.
Managing Director, Deane Manley, says “We are proud to be able to support such an important event and worthy cause.
“We all know someone that has been affected by the disease and as part of such a male-dominated industry, we know it is so important that we do our part to help raise awareness for prostate cancer and help break the stigma around regular testing,” he says.
Pedal4Prostate raises vital funds to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand. For more information and to register head to www.pedal4prostate.org.nz