8 days of riding through heartland NZ

1st - 8th April 2017

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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


Child Cancer Foundation
Every week more than three New Zealand families are told the devastating news that their child has cancer. The Child Cancer Foundation provides practical, financial and emotional support to each child and their family, from that terrible time of diagnosis, throughout treatment and beyond.

The support we provide is tailored to help combat the family's day-to-day challenges, allowing them to stay strong and together, and focus on the only thing that matters - their very sick child.

As a standalone charity that receives no direct funding from government, the Child Cancer Foundation relies on the generosity of big-hearted New Zealanders. You can help support the work we do by choosing Child Cancer Foundation as your charity for the Tour of New Zealand.

Tearfund
Cycle for Tearfund and you will be joining a community on the move for freedom! Tearfund is a registered charity committed to the cycling space. Child sex trafficking is a scourge devastating an estimated 4.5 million children and shattering vulnerable communities around the world. This is called modern day slavery due to its scale and growth and it needs all of our attention and action.
Sex slavery generates an estimated US$ 100 billion for criminal networks every year, according to the International Labour Organisation (ILO).
By joining Tearfund you will join the fight for freedom helping our full circle approach bringing: prevention/protection, rescue and prosecution and of course restoration and empowerment. Last year our partner Nvader, a 100% Kiwi led team, were responsible for over 50% of Thailand's human trafficking convictions. You'll be supporting an effective team bringing results and changing lives and you'll get to meet Ralph Simpson a Kiwi lawyer who now leads the Nvader team as country director.

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
Unicorn Foundation NZ is a registered charity dedicated to revolutionising the way that Neuroendocrine Tumours/Cancer (NET Cancer) is diagnosed and managed in New Zealand.
Around one New Zealander every day is diagnosed with NET Cancer which is higher than brain, ovarian and cervical cancers. There are thousands of kiwis living and trying to manage this cancer however the best treatment is only available in Melbourne, with patients having to pay over $50,000 to receive it. We want to change this and bring the treatment to NZ, but need your help. Please ride for a reason and help thousands of NET Cancer patients.

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
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.

Heart Foundation
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
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.

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