Tony Todd has taken a leaf out of the book of Captain Tom Moore, the UK war veteran who completed 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday and raised millions of pounds in the process.
Tony, retired retailer and ambassador for Hospice Mid Canterbury, is planning to bike 73km on his 73rd birthday to raise money for the hospice.
He said the Covid-19 pandemic had made fundraising difficult for the hospice group so he was doing a sponsored ride to help raise money.
Hospice Mid Canterbury runs services in the district for people with terminal and life-limiting illnesses.
Tony’s ride on Wednesday, May 20 will begin at the hospice base on Park Street at 10am. He will ride a 10km loop and pass the hospice base seven times.
He said people were welcome to join him on all or part of the ride.
He is seeking lump sum donations to hospice, or sponsorship per kilometre.
Tony is no stranger to biking and has cycled up to 40km during lockdown. He has cycled the Otago Rail Trail and pedalled parts of Europe.
His bike is no ebike, so he is hoping for fine weather and few headwinds next week as he heads up Alford Forest Road to Farm Road, loops around Argyle Park then out to Racecourse Road and back to hospice base via Belt Road, Oak Grove, Philip, Wills and Park Streets.
Tony said he thought the ride might take up to five hours and he was looking for lots of encouragement and sponsorship.
Friends and family have already come to the party with donations and he is hoping more will follow in the lead-up to bike day and there will be a pot of money for a good cause.
To pledge support, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone Christine or Lorraine on 307-8387 or 27-227-8387 to say how much per kilometre, you would be prepared to sponsor. Contributions $5 and over are tax deductible.