By Shelley Baker
THERE has never been a better time to get on your bike, literally.
On Saturday August 26, the Tearfund Poverty Cycle in Auckland will see teams of riders raising awareness and funds to fight human trafficking.
Ray White Takanini agents are competing and for the first year the organisers are running a kids bike race called, Ray White On Your Bike, for children aged 3-11 years.
Bring your bike, a scooter, or push along.
If it has wheels bring it along to the Ardmore Airport, Corsair Lane off Airfield Rd on Saturday August 26 from 7am for a 7:30 start and have some fun while supporting Tearfund.
Entry is $20 which can be fundraised or paid and goes toward your overall goal.
The Poverty Cycle is open to all levels of ability and there are prizes for top fundraiser individual, fastest individual, and quickest lap time. The Tearfund Poverty Cycle is one of Tearfund’s flagship events.

Sue Douglas, principal of Ray White Manurewa / Takanini / Drury, has been a long-term supporter of Tearfund among other charities.

“I visited Tearfund’s office in Auckland some months ago in my quest for finding the right organisation to support – one with an international focus on assisting those who are marginalised in the world, in particular women and children,” Ms Douglas said.
“One with a recognition that women could play a bigger part in building a sustainable future for their families and communities; where the philosophy is to give a hand up rather than a hand out.
“I immediately clicked with Beth Harper at Tearfund. She talked to me about various projects Tearfund is involved with in the world. One of these is to combat trafficking of women and children for the slave trade and sex industry.
“Did you know that New Zealand is not immune? I know of a young women who was kidnapped, her passport taken, she was drugged and that would have been the end of her life as she knew it if it were not for Tearfund’s work to find and save her.
“But for many young women in the poorest countries of the world, the cycle of poverty has led them to the city for a better life, only to be caught up in something they then cannot get out of.
“We need to stop the cycle of poverty.”
The Ray White, Sue Douglas Group, is proud to support Tearfund’s work.
“Help us to help others. Get on your bike and cycle for poverty.”
Ms Douglas regularly donates through her three real estate offices to Ronald McDonald House Charities, KidzFirst Children’s Hospital and Middlemore Foundation, Drury School, Tearfund, Police Guild, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and Totara Hospice South Auckland. She says her goal is to make a genuine contribution to making the world a better place for those most in need.
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