Kruzers Smokin’ For The School

… we can safely say that we as Kruzers have done ourselves proud again. Murray Lobb

Raising big money for Paraparaumu School

 By Roger Childs

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMore than $13,000 was raised from the bikeathon fund raiser last Saturday. It was organised by local cycling group, the Kapiti Kruzers, in conjunction with Coastlands, cityfitness and BeachFM. More than 25 club members sweated it out for up to three hours in the mall forecourt. The steam was rising and in the early stages the temperatures resembled the Old Testament fiery furnace, but fortunately thermostatic adjustments were made!

A fantastic effort

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Kruzers taking part raised money through their own contributions and sponsorship. Coastlands chimed in with $5000. Volunteers on the day shook buckets round the pulsating group and plenty of bemused and admiring shoppers added to the funds.

The riders stamped out a rhythm to music releases provided by cityfitness. The local gym also provided instructors who called the shots from the front and kept morale high with appropriate anecdotes and sparkling repartee.

Kapiti Joggers and Walkers had two riders involved and raised over $300. Sarah Swann started at 10.00am with the aim of doing half, but was inspired to hang in for the full three hours.

Paraparaumu School principal, Steven Caldwell and some of his pupils were guest riders as was local MP Nathan Guy. Plenty of people passing by also took their turn on the bikes for a tune or two.

Raising funds for the cause

Para School website picThe bikeathon is another wonderful example of the Kapiti spirit and the way in which the community rallies round in time of need.

Steven expressed his grateful thanks for what the Kruzers effort was doing for the school as it rebuilds after the disastrous recent fire.

Kodak Coastlands is one of many local firms getting in behind the school’s recovery. They will happily do copies of any historic material related to the school’s 125 year history.

Anyone still wishing to donate can do so directly online to ASB 12-3157-0122333-01