Boosted by support for ride

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YVONNE O’HARA

yvonne.ohara@alliedpress.co.nz

Cheryl Robertson, of Lawrence, has had strangers come up to her to give her donations and words of encouragement, and she is delighted.

Ms Robertson broke her back in a car accident in 2006 and attributes part of her recovery to the New Zealand Spinal Trust (NZST).

Although on crutches since her accident, she plans to ride her three-wheeled cycle 44km from Millers Flat to Lawrence on December 9 to raise money for the trust as a way of thanking them.

She originally intended to raise at least $1500 but was optimistic she would reach $2000 through the donation page on the trust’s website, plus donations and many pledges from Roxburgh Area School.

“People I don’t know have been donating,” Ms Robertson said.

“It has been just amazing.

“People have been really supportive.”

Supporters are lining up to ride with her, with at least 16 expected.

More were welcome to come and ride with her, she said.

Her grandfather, Ernie McCraw, intends to walk part of the way with her.

The ride will start about 9am at the Millers Flat information board and the group will bike along the Millennium Track and the Clutha Gold Trail, finishing at the entrance to Lawrence about eight or nine hours later, about 5pm to 6pm.

“I don’t really know how long it will take. We will be stopping at the Beaumont Pub for a break.”

Ms Robertson trains on her three-wheeled cycle every day and has also been a regular at the gym.

“I am also eating healthy at the moment.

“Ever since this fundraiser kicked off I have been determined to do it.

“The support has been awesome.

“Even if it is raining, I’ll still do it.

“I can’t postpone it and I can’t change the day.

“I’ll see everyone at the end.”

To donate visit fundraise.nzspinaltrust.org.nz/campaigns/cheryl-rides-roxburgh-gorge-trail/