Started in 2009, the Scooter Safari was created by Jayne and Mike Rattray. The idea to ride Coast to Coast as a fundraiser was born in support of Mikes friend and colleague at Air NZ Engineering who had been diagnosed with Bowel Cancer. "We thought if he's going to get a sore butt, then we should too!"
The first ride saw 32 riders make the maiden voyage, raising more than $14,000 in donations for the Cancer Society. In 2010, 230 Scooters conquered the Alps and raised $126,000, and last years 2012 Safari raised a staggering $245,000 with over 250 scooters participating.
The Scooter Safari is now bi-annual with the next one being in 2014.
The Safari is not a race – it’s an awareness-raising and fundraising event for the survivors, families of those with cancer and those committed to making a difference. By raising funds for the Cancer Society we are helping them continue their amazing work making sure those people living with cancer, their family, friends and colleagues as well as the health professionals that support them get access to information and support, from the moment of diagnosis right through to treatment and recovery.
The Scooter Safari is not for the faint hearted, it is designed to be the coldest, longest, hardest, most grueling and uncomfortable test of endurance on a city scooter to raise money and awareness for cancer sufferers. We're doing this to show our support for the hardship those living with cancer go through during their treatment - the Safari is nothing compared to that!
Let's inspire those around New Zealand, cancer sufferers in hospital and those who dream that they too may one day be well enough to ride in such an awesome event. Get onboard and help us make a difference!
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