Students spin for foodbank

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Fifteen members of the Ashburton College student executive will cycle some 500km for the Salvation Army’s foodbank this weekend.

The senior students will take turns cycling one hour each on a stationary bike from 8pm Friday until 8pm Saturday. The first half of the mission will take place at the home of head girl Poppy Kilworth with the second half under a gazebo in the car park at Countdown North.

Deputy head boy Kyle Cabangun said the students would run a sausage sizzle and have donation buckets. There would also be food boxes for people who preferred to donate canned goods instead of cash.

As well as helping out the Salvation Army, the event is to acknowledge those businesses and services on call for the community during Alert Level 4, when people were confined to their homes.

He said the idea emerged from lockdown with students wanting to raise money and awareness for essential services and charities.

“As an exec, we came to the decision to do a cycling challenge that originally started out as a distance-based challenge but then later evolved into the 24-hour challenge.

“To be honest we don’t have any gun cyclists or specialist cyclists but we are all young, keen, and excited to be taking on this challenge. As for how far we’ll cycle, my personal opinion is we will end up somewhere around 500km give or take 10 or 20km.”

He hoped Ashburton people would support the students’ cause by popping along to support them on Saturday at Countdown. “Our goal is to raise as much as we can.”

He said principal Ross Preece had put his hand up for an hour on the bike and MPs Andrew Falloon and Jo Luxton had also offered support.