Cyclists' Memorial

Cyclists Commemorate Frank Van Kampen

23rd November 2009

More than 120 cyclists pedalled 10 kms from Waikanae to Te Horo in dreary weather last weekend to commemorate Frank Van Kampen, killed by a drunken motorist on SH1 near the Red House Cafe in September. These riders are listening to a briefing before setting out the journey for the unveiling of the plaque above ‘Frankie’s Garden’, which has been set aside in an area just south of the café.

A poignant memorial to the popular teacher and devoted father, the memorial garden at Te Horo is just a short distance from the spot where he was killed while cycling home from work. The ceremony was attended by a large group of cyclists from throughout the Kapiti Coast. Earlier at Kapanui School in Waikanae, where Frank had taught, tributes were paid to him by speakers who included MP’s Nathan Guy and Darren Hughes.

Cyclists made the return trip to Waikanae on a busy SHI  after the ceremony — escorted by two police cars and several cycle ‘marshals.’

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