Money rolls in for Tony’s hospice ride

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Kenny Johnston, Paul Wylie, Tony Todd and John Catherwood preparing to cycle 73km in support of Tony's Hospice Mid Canterbury charity ride.

Retired businessman Tony Todd celebrated his 73rd birthday on Wednesday cycling 73km around Ashburton raising more than $6800 for Hospice Mid Canterbury.

He was joined by around 25 cycling friends including cycling stalwarts Paul Wylie and Kenny Johnston, cycling newcomer John Catherwood and many members of Lions Club of Ashburton.

Mr Todd was inspired to organise the charity ride by UK war veteran Captain Tom Moore, who did 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday and raised millions of pounds for the national health service.

The Covid-19 pandemic has made fundraising difficult for the hospice group so Tony chose a sponsored ride to raise money.

He has received lump sum donations, or sponsorship per kilometre; with $6823 pledged, but there are still donations being received; the Lions Club announced they would sponsor their own riders efforts per kilometre and donate money to Tony’s ride.

Tony was grateful to the people supporting the cause; those with donations and pledges, tee-shirt sponsorship from DPI EmbroidMe and to the cyclists biking alongside him, including the six or seven riders doing the full 73km.

Donations in support of Tony’s 73km ride can still be made by emailing manager@nullhospicemc.nz or phoning Christine or Lorraine on 307-8387 or 027-227-8387.

By Toni Williams