Raising awareness and funds
It's not always all about the bike - or the cyclist. Tour of New Zealand supports a number of charities and you will have the option to select (from a number) the one you wish to personally support.
The $675,000 plus raised through the 2012, 2013 and 2015 Tours meant a huge amount to the charities we supported. Competitors can do far more than just ride their bikes! Engage your friends and colleagues to 'share your ride' by donating to the charity you support. Take the challenge of making your ride, a ride that helps so many people that are less fortunate than ourselves.
Riders will create a Racebook on this website. This will profile their team members, or if riding individually, will profile you as an individual, to share advice and anecdotes and to ask for contributions. All donations made online will go directly to the charity fund.
"I was a bit daunted at the thought of fundraising when I entered the 2012 Tour, but was amazed at the generosity of friends, family and work colleagues in supporting me and the charity I chose." - 2015 Tour competitor
Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal industry in the world with the average age of the victim being only 12 years old. TEAR Fund is an aid and development organisation working hard to protect, rescue and rehabilitate women and children who have been trafficked for commercial sexual exploitation. Ride The Tour with TEAR Fund and you will be rescuing innocent victims of modern day slavery!
Akina Foundation (formerly Hikurangi (Bikes in Schools))
Kids love bikes, and so do we! Support Akina and all funds raised will be donated to Bikes in Schools - providing Kiwi kids with bikes and safe cycling environments in their schools.
Unicorn Foundation NZ
Dr Malcolm Legget is a highly regarded cardiologist who two years ago was diagnosed with neuroendocrine (NET) cancer of the pancreas. This is the same cancer that killed Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple. Malcolm underwent intensive treatment in New Zealand and Australia and is fortunate to have had a great response and continues to lead an active life . He and his team are riding the Tour of NZ to support Unicorn Foundation NZ, a not-for-profit organisation that provides much needed support and information to NET cancer patients and their families. Unicorn Foundation NZ is passionate about making a difference and the funds raised will contribute to bringing New Zealand up to date with the latest global treatments and continuing research. This will make a huge difference for NET cancer patients all over NZ.
New Zealand Fallen Heroes Trust
The New Zealand Fallen Heroes Trust was established by a group of people in the community with strong ties to the New Zealand Defence Force who saw a role for direct, practical support to the families of those men and women who were injured or killed whilst serving their country. Loosely modelled on similar international initiatives, the Trust aims to fund projects that make a real difference to the lives of our heroes and their families.
St John is a charity, and we need your support to help us care for people every day. Right across New Zealand, St John is there for people when they are in need. We provide Ambulance Services to most New Zealanders - including your community. St John is here for you when you need it, and we're incredibly thankful to be one of the chosen charities for the Tour of New Zealand.
The Heart Foundation is the charity that works to stop New Zealanders dying prematurely from heart disease. Heart disease is New Zealand's biggest killer. Claiming the life of more than one person every 90 minutes. Many of these deaths are premature and preventable.
The Tour of New Zealand is a proud supporter of the Heart Foundation. You too can support the Heart Foundation by fundraising while doing the tour.
Money raised helps to fund vital research, promote heart healthy lifestyles and advance cardiac care.
View Tour of NZ blog write-up on Heart Foundation page.
Life Flight run a nationwide air ambulance plane along with Westpac Rescue Helicopter out of Wellington. They need a $2500 subsidy to make every flight possible and they fly four flights a day on average. Support for Life Flight will ring true for every competitor who has had themselves or family members/friends carried on a Life Flight plane in an emergency.