Scooting along for a good cause

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Oamaru man Ross Hamilton is giving himself a new challenge by taking part in the Tranz Alpine Scooter Safari for the first time on May 24.

The trek was started in 2009 by Air New Zealand’s Engineering Depot in Christchurch, where 32 people competed in the safari.

Mr Hamilton said numbers were capped at 250 so being able to take part made it even more special.

“It should be great fun. The trek is about five hours long but it takes us nine with all the stops we are having.”

The trek takes place every second year and Mr Hamilton is confident his scooter will be able to last the 250km.

Mr Hamilton decided to take part in the scooter safari because cancer was a problem which could affect anybody.

“It hits anybody and can be with them for years so I thought if they can fight off cancer then surely I can fight off a sore backside for a few hours and help raise some funds for the cancer society by taking part in this safari.”

Ideally, Mr Hamilton said he would love to raise more than $1000.

“I feel if I can raise more than a $1000 dollars then I would be doing really well and would be happy with that.

“When my brother in-law did it two years ago, it was that wet they had to put their scooters in the safety cars if they didn’t have sufficient wet weather gear. I’m confident my gear will be fine and ready to tackle a bit of rain.”

Mr Hamilton has raised $620 for the cancer society and will take part in the challenge with his brother in-law and his friend.

The safari which gathers more than $200,000 in donations, leaves from Air New Zealand’s Engineering Depot in Christchurch and finishes in Hokitika.

People can head to http://www.fundraiseonline.co.nz/RossHamilton/ to place donations.

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY