Local friends ride for Cure Kids

On track to Cambodia (from left), Leah Tawhai, Imogen Neale, Beth Morris, Carmen Bird, Frances Bostock and Gillian Westbrooke. Absent: Arna Suttie.

Howick photographer and long time contributor to EastLife magazine, Carmen Bird couldn’t be happier. She and six friends have been on a huge fundraising campaign – Cycle Cambodia for Cure Kids – with the aim of reaching a $35,000 target.

Instead, they have raised nearly $40,000 for the charity since March this year.

After such a positive response – their first event at Soul Bar in the city netted $27,000 – Carmen and friends, Arna Suttie, Beth Morris, Gillian Westbrooke, Frances Bostock, Imogen Neale and Leah Tawhai, are now hoping to raise additional funds for orphanages in Cambodia before they depart on October 18.

“We are all so thrilled that the round of events over the past few months, plus generous donations, has far surpassed our initial $35,000 goal,” Carmen says. “We now feel we would like to do something for the Cambodian people too; we know there is a great need there.”

The Cambodia cycle will be based out of Siem Reap and Pheom Phen with the biggest day being a 80k ride with challenging temperatures of up to 33 degrees.

“The team has been training solidly including cycling the roads of Auckland and spending plenty of time in spin classes at local gyms Les Mills and Peak For Life. We’re all totally committed and are pretty sure we’re up to it,” Carmen says.

Cure Kids raises funds to assist high impact research into childhood diseases and conditions such as heart conditions, asthma, cystic fibrosis, batten disease and many more life-threatening conditions.

Carmen has been an active supporter for several years.  For more information about Cure Kids visit www.curekids.org.nz