How You Can Help People with Motor Disabilities in NZ

It’s not often in life we get to make a meaningful difference to the lives of others. When I was approached to get involved with the V-Bike Ride of the Legends, I realised that I could give back to the community and help people who were doing something really special (and so can you).

It was through the bike ride that I was introduced to the Conductive Education Foundation and the great work they do with children and adults with disabilities. The team behind V-Bike Ride of the Legends chose Conductive Education as a recipient of its fundraising, due to the incredible work they do in our communities.

Celebrities partaking in the bike ride and events include All Black greats Ian Jones, Buck Shelford, Ian Kirkpatrick, Bernie McCahill, Andy Earl, Albert Anderson and Frank Bunce. As well as former Lions stars Peter Winterbottom, Roger Uttley, Shane Byrne and Rodger Arneil. This is a unique opportunity to see some of rugby’s greatest legends in the flesh. If you can’t make it in person, then you can always make a small donation.

The two major fundraisers during the week of the ride are the Charity Golf Day at Wairakei, and the The Sporting Greats Gala Dinner at the completion of the ride at Sacred Heart College in Auckland. I invite you all to join us at these great events, or alternatively to make a donation, as your support would be appreciated. We have individual spaces available for the Golf and the Dinner, or you may wish to make a team of four for the golf, or get a table together for the dinner. You will find all the information in the newsletter, you’re also welcome to contact me for more details.

As the ride makes its way from Wellington to Auckland, I look forward to being part of the “on the ground” fundraising. This is going to be a great event and my newsletter will give you a full insight into the V-Bike Ride of the Legends and our charity we are supporting Conductive Education.

What is Conductive Education
Conductive Education is a practical programme that aims to “Maximise the Ability in Disability”! There are 11 centres throughout the country catering for children from birth through to adults who have a range of disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Global Development Delay, Strokes, Parkinson’s Disease, head and brain injuries, muscular conditions, Dyspraxia etc.

Conductive Education is not a miracle cure but it is the next best thing! It caters for all areas of development – gross motor (rolling, crawling, walking, climbing stairs); hand skills; cognitive; communication/social skills and life skills. Watch the video below to see some of the incredible work they do:

How Can You Help
Conductive Education is a charity, to keep doing what they’re doing they need support. This year they’ve got some great fundraisers for you to get involved in.

Ride of The Legends (ROTL)
The Ride of The Legends (ROTL) is coming to New Zealand for the first Conductive Education will be their Charity of choice! For those of you who are unfamiliar with ROTL they are a cycle tour that runs in conjunction with the Lions Rugby Tour. Each time the Lions go on tour the ROTL riders also tour the same country and execute a ride with the purpose of raising funds for their charity in the UK. But the generous ROTL team doesn’t just raise money for their charity, they work with a team of people in the host country and in turn they get to give 80% of the funds to the Conductive Education NZ and 20% goes back to the UK Charity.

There also number of sponsorship opportunities available with the ride. These can be made in the form of financial sponsorship, products or services or items for our charity auction. If your friends or business associates would like to contribute, that would be appreciated. Conductive Education and they will receive all monies raised throughout the ride, the “V-Bike Ride of the Legends” will be receiving plenty of media exposure throughout the week with the Golf Show filming at the Charity Golf Day and The Crowd Goes Wild following the ride along with TV news, radio and social media.


Charity Golf Day at Wairakei in Taupo 
An amazing opportunity to combine rugby and golf and rub shoulders with ex Lions and All Blacks! Enjoy a fun day hosting your clients, suppliers or staff with a relaxing round of golf; all while supporting children and adults with disabilities throughout New Zealand.

The event will be held on Tuesday 4 July at the prestigious Wairakei Golf Course.


The Sporting Greats Gala Dinner in Auckland 
Come and join us for a dinner like no other! This is an opportunity to mix and mingle with rugby enthusiasts including former Lions and All Blacks in addition to a variety of other celebrities over dinner. Our sports café style inter- view hosted by Laura McGoldrick and Ben Hurley is bound to get us up close and personal with a mix of well-known personalities with a connection to sport on the couch and provide some great entertainment.

This event will be held on Friday 7 July at the Sacred Heart College Event Centre, in Auckland.


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