Dad’s NZ bike ride for disabled son

Adrian McKenzie arrives in Rotorua this Saturday as part of 23-day cycle across New Zealand to raise funds for a charity which enabled his physically disabled son to enjoy the simple act of riding a bike.

The father-of-three from Raumati Beach started his journey ‘Adrian’s Ride for Halberg’ from Cape Reinga on Sunday, February 28, to raise funds for the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation.


Ted McKenzie on the tandem bike funded by the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation. Photo: Supplied

Adrian is riding a tandem bike received from funding from the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation for his seven-year-old son Ted, who has cerebral palsy from contracting pneumococcal meningitis as a baby. 

The tandem has been specially modified so Ted can sit in the front to join Adrian and his family for bike rides. 

Ted received the bike when he was unable to walk at age five. The bike has been a big part of Ted’s rehabilitation and has since seen Ted take his first steps.

The idea for the epic journey came from Adrian who wanted to set himself a challenge while repaying the charity that has given so much to his family.

“The Halberg Disability Sport Foundation has been fantastic supporting Ted and the tandem bike has had a huge impact on our family,” says Adrian. “We now do weekly rides and it’s provided a fantastic bonding experience for us and created some great memories.”

Adrian knows the ride will be a test of his strength and stamina, but will have Ted and his wife joining him for the 23-day journey to provide support and keep his spirits up along the way. 

“I know a big challenge is ahead but I’m excited to explore New Zealand and meet some great people along the way.”

‘Adrian’s Ride For Halberg’ will travel through the country and finish in Bluff on Monday, March 21. Different riders will join him for the 23-day journey including some of New Zealand’s sporting legends along with members of the public. 

To make a donation, go to www.adriansride.co.nz or text ‘Halberg’ to 8595 to make a $3 donation. To keep up to date with Adrian’s journey, visit Adrian’s Ride for Halberg on Facebook.

All money raised during Adrian’s Ride will go to the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation, the charity set up by Olympian Sir Murray Halberg (ONZ), which aims to enhance the lives of physically disabled New Zealanders by enabling them to participate in sport and recreation.

As well as giving grants to physically disabled young people to help cover the costs of adaptive sports equipment the Foundation’s work includes a team of Disability Sport Advisers throughout New Zealand who provide training and work with schools, sport and recreation organisations, facilities and clubs to support inclusive sports programmes and events. 

 It also hosts the Halberg Junior Disability Games – a national three-day sports competition for physically disabled young people in Cambridge.  For more information, visit www.halberg.co.nz

Adrian’s Ride for Halberg schedule:

Day

Date

Distance

Kms travelled

1

Sunday 28 February 2016

Cape Reinga - Kaitaia   

117

2

Monday 29 February 2016

Kaitaia - Paihia   

100

3

Tuesday 1 March 2016

Paihia - Whangarei  

71

4

Wednesday 2 March 2016

Whangarei - Warkworth  

105

5

Thursday 3 March 2016

Warkworth - Auckland  

70

6

Friday 4 March 2016

Auckland - Hamilton  

137

7

Saturday 5 March 2016

Hamilton - Rotorua

113

8

Sunday 6 March 2016

Rotorua - Taupo  

84

9

Monday 7 March 2016

Taupo - Taihape

143

10

Tuesday 8 March 2016

Taihape - Palmerston North  

112

11

Wednesday 9 March 2016

Palmerston North - Raumati Beach

95

12

Thursday 10 March 2016

Raumati Beach - Wellington

53

13

Friday 11 March 2016

Wellington - Blenheim (Riding on Ferry)

29

14

Saturday 12 March 2016

Blenheim - Kaikoura  

131

15

Sunday 13 March 2016

Kaikoura – Culverden

103

16

Monday 14 March 2016

Culverden – Christchurch

98

17

Tuesday 15 March 2016

Christchurch - Ashburton  

89

18

Wednesday 16 March 2016

Ashburton - Timaru  

80

19

Thursday 17 March 2016

Timaru - Oamaru  

87

20

Friday 18 March 2016

Oamaru - Dunedin  

115

21

Saturday 19 March 2016

Dunedin – Balclutha

82

22

Sunday 20 March 2016

Balclutha – Invercargill

126

23

Monday 21 March 2016

Invercargill – Bluff 

30




1 Comment

here we go again

Posted on 03-03-2016 14:27 | By

You are a inspiration young man hope all goes well Ted on your journey,im Proud of you little man. thankyou sunlive

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