Welcome - Heart Kids are very proud to be the Official Charity for the BDO Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. This iconic event has been running for more than 40 years and Heart Kids have been lucky enough to be part of this for over 15 of those years and we couldn’t be happier to be continuing our partnership with this event.

We have a big goal this year to raise $80,000 through the Lake Taupo Cycle Challenge. It sounds huge we know, however together every donation received will help to achieve this awesome goal.  The goal we are working towards is the cost of our camp Brave Hearts which is only one of the camps Heart Kids put on each year, we have annual camps for heart kids and heart teens.  For many heart children attending their school camp simply isn’t an option. Heart Kids camps make this a possibility and provides an opportunity for children and teens to come together with others in a similar situation - see the video at left to hear our heart kids talk about their camp experience.

This year we are promoting a special team, The Heart Kids Cruisers. The Heart Kids Cruisers are an inclusive team, a team not focused on personal bests and performance, but instead focused on participation without pressure. It’s for all those cyclists, who are keen to take part and have a bit of fun and who don’t want to ride alone. Our motto is NO CYCLIST LEFT BEHIND! This team will be led by Lake Taupo cycling legend Rickshaw Andy, who will help with training tips and motivation and be your leader on the day.

We will also have supervised teams in the 16K Lakesider and the 40K Quarter Lake rides this year for those children that have moved on from the Kids Heart Ride.

Last year Heart Kids assisted thousands of families either during treatment at the National Children’s Hospital in Auckland, Pre-Nataly or once they are back at home in their community. It’s a big job and there’s a lot more than we could do.

We know what it takes to complete the Cycle Challenge for the first time – it’s a big deal! You’re about to join a fantastic community of awesome fundraisers, from newbies through to cyclists that have been around the lake a fair few times. So, whatever stage you’re at in your cycling obsession you can be part of the Heart Kids Cycle Team. Everyone is pedalling for good and making a difference to the lives of kiwi kids born with heart defects.

Joining the team is easy – just set up a fundraising page, commit to a goal and you’re in!

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Join the team now by simply clicking the ‘start fundraising’ button and complete your details OR click the 'sponsor a rider' button to support a friend. We’ll help you get started and support you along the way, together we can help  little broken hearts.

Find out more at www.heartkids.org.nz

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