Jeremy recently completed ‘The Tour of New Zealand’, a biennial cycling race covering a 700km route of New Zealand’s South Island in one week. What a way to see the country (and it only took 17 hours, 21 minutes and 21 seconds!!). He and his team mates flew to Queenstown, raced up to Wellington and in doing so raised more than $35,000 for the amazing anti-human trafficking work of the charity Tearfund. Their initial goal was $25,000 but they soon met that and raised their target to $35,000 then smashed it as well! They travailed the wind, rain, icy southerlies and epic hill climbs all in aid of raising awareness and funds for this very worthy cause.
Motivation to keep going strong: It’s sobering to think that an estimated 21 million people are trapped in modern slavery worldwide, and 4.5 million of those are children who are forced into sexual exploitation (child sex trafficking). When you compare that with the population of New Zealand: also about 4.5 million… Jeremy and his team mates wanted to make a stand and a difference.
Fundraising Outcomes: With $25,000 they calculated that they could fund a brothel raid ($5,000 per raid), provide 20 care packages for rescued victims ($100 each), assist four girls in getting HIV treatment ($3000 each), and provide aftercare and social work help for 3 rescued girls ($2000 each). They really were cycling for freedom! $35,000 will go even further in making a difference in the lives of these children. If you’re inspired, there is still time to give: click here.
Here’s what they got up to day by day. Click on the daily cycling routes for maps, elevation and other technical details!
Day 1 Cycling Route: (89km) Five Rivers to Jacks Point
Day 2 Cycling Route (76km) Arrowtown to Wanaka
Day 3 Cycling Route (113km) Wanaka to Omarama
Day 4 Cycling Route (88km) Tekapo to Geraldine
Day 5 Cycling Route (80km) Methven to Oxford
Day 6 Cycling Route (126km) Springs Junction to Murchison
Day 7 Cycling Route (65km) Blenheim to Picton
Day 8 Cycling Route Laps around the Wellington Circuit
What an experience and terrific cause to be part of! Well done team!
Memorable moments include:
- The breath-taking views of Lake Wanaka
- Cycling through the mountains
- Being pulled over by the police for not cycling in single file
- Acrobatics over the handle bars
- Trying to get onto the ferry on the way home with 100s of other cyclists whose ferry was cancelled!