Louise Bailey is not a cyclist. But she is tackling a distance and a task that many seasoned cyclists have never gone up against. Armed with a desire to prove that human beings are fundamentally very good people, she is taking on a massive 1400km challenge riding New Zealand’s North Island for CanTeen and St John.
“Having not owned a bike since I was 12 years old, the idea of cycling the entire length of the North Island is more than a little crazy, some would say. But, when there’s a good reason, and good backing, the impossible becomes possible,” Louise says. “Growing up in a small town has taught me the value of community – strangers and friends, helping each other out. Knowing you have the support you need when you need it most. And this is exactly the reason I decided to cycle an insane distance – to prove that amazing things can happen with the support of others.”
No Gear, No Idea is a charity fundraiser whereby Louise will cycle over 1500km to raise funds and awareness for CanTeen and St John. Both charities support local communities; St John provide emergency ambulance cover for those in critical need, and CanTeen provide ongoing support for those unfortunately diagnosed or affected by cancer while at a young age.
“I was initially planning on cycling alone, thinking that nobody would be crazy enough to join me, however the response I’ve received has been incredible – I have cyclists joining me for the Auckland to Hamilton cycle, and I’d love for others to join anywhere along the way!”
Nobody should have to go through hard times alone – If you’d like to cycle with Louise anywhere from Cape Reinga to Cape Palliser, please check out her website below.
Show Louise your support, and raise awareness for these great charities by visiting the website or Facebook page, and donating now.