Family get together for safari

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Trevor and Linda Croy, with their Fun Care Bear mascot, looking forward to this weekend's Cancer Society Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari.

Three 50cc scooters run-in and serviced… check.

Multiple fuel cans and oil reserves at the ready… check.

Six Care Bear onesies washed and ready for wear… check.

It’s just part of the list of Ashburton couple Linda and Trevor Croy, putting the final touches together in readiness for this weekend’s Cancer Society Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari.

Now they are just awaiting the arrival of their children, Gareth, Kathryn, Andrea and their partners.

The couple, who have both had personal experiences with cancer over the years, will be joined by the kids on their journey.

Kathryn and husband Kayne will travel over from Hokitika, Andrea and Ted have arrived from Auckland, and Gareth and wife Lisa, of Gold Coast, Australia, arrived in New Zealand earlier this week. They were tasked with bringing the onesies with them.

The eight of them will be together at the starting line on Saturday; six riding across in teams on three scooters, and Linda and Lisa ahead in the support vehicle with food, fuel and warmth on board for those not riding.

They also have a trailer just in case donated for use by businessman Bryan Donaldson, of McKay and Donaldson Motorcycles.

It will also be used to transport the scooters on the return home.

The scooter safari is a novelty charity fundraiser for the society’s Canterbury West Coast division and takes a scenic 250km day trip by 50cc scooter journey, often slow and cold, from McLeans Island near Christchurch across the Southern Alps to Hokitika.

The trip is symbolic of a the long journey involved in cancer treatment, Linda says.

It’s one of the coldest times of the year, it’s a long journey on a 50cc scooter in one day and its a great relief once on the other side.

This year will be Trevor’s second scooter safari.

He did one four years ago and his family said they would be keen if he ever did another.

There are five community supported legs; McLeans Island to Sheffield for a sponsor’s pie, then to Lake Lyndon, on to Arthurs Pass village where Land Search and Rescue put on lunch, onward to Kumara Racecourse, and finally through to Hokitika.

Trevor and Gareth have teamed up as team Chilly Willy, Kathryn and Kayne as Pocket Rocket, and Andrea and Ted as Andy&Ted.

They join other Mid Cantabrians such as David Oakley and Bronnie McKenna on the ride.

Each rider registered has a fundraising page via the website where people can donate to support the cause.

It can be found at www.scootersafari.org.nz