The 2013 Charity Bike Ride

Nine South Canterbury charities gratefully received donations from this years event, which exceeded expectations, raising $180,000.
Over the nine years the event has run, almost $1 million has been raised.

This year, we attracted 181 riders from South Canterbury and further afield, who were joined by 35 support people.

The Timaru Mental Health Support Trust received $9000 , which activities co-ordinator Sue Dwyer said would make a world of difference.
"We apply for grants, as does every other organisation, and that money's just not there." The donation would give the trust options, she said. "This gives us something to work with."

Hospice South Canterbury received $72,000, Presbyterian Support Family Works and Anglican Care each received $27,000, and Plunket South Canterbury, Alzheimers South Canterbury, Idea Services, Moreh Home in Fairlie and South Canterbury Multiple Sclerosis Society each received $9000.

Event organising committee member Shane Brookland agreed it was no mean feat "in the current market" that $180,000 was raised by the community. "It's good to see the results flowing in for the efforts that go into it."

South Canterbury Multiple Sclerosis Society treasurer Alistair Swann said $9000 was a "real fortune" for the society.