Scootering for good

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Oamaru man Ross Hamilton is tuning up his scooter for this year’s Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari, a charity ride to raise funds for the Cancer Society.
The event was established in 2009 by Jayne and Mike Rattray, to help support a friend diagnosed with bowel cancer.
This year will be the second time Mr Hamilton has tackled the biennial ride.
“I’m not really sure why I got involved with it, really,” he said.
“My brother-in-law had done it the first year and I thought it seemed to be a good, charitable thing to do, so I went from there. But doing this is nothing compared to what people with cancer go through.”
The last ride ended prematurely at Cass, after a slip at Otira.
However, Mr Hamilton and his two riding companions decided they would complete the round trip back to Christchurch so they could complete the mileage.
He said it was a tough ride, particularly if the weather was poor.
“Last time, I had a sore back at the end of it, but it depends on what the weather’s like. We had a lot of rain … every stop, I had to change gloves because my hands were absolutely frozen.”
He raised $2200 last time, and has raised $1100 so far this year, more than double his target of $500.
He was confident he could at least match his previous figure this year.
“If I can do that, I’d be happy,” he said.
The event takes place on September 10, and involves riders travelling more than 250km from Christchurch to Hokitika, at an average speed of no more than 55kmh.
Their journey begins at 9am, and riders are expected to arrive at their destination by 4.30pm.
The first ride in 2009 involved 32 riders and raised $14,000.
Since then, the event has grown significantly, now attracts 250 riders and has raised about $600,000 in total.