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Journey Of Hope - Cycling NZ For Polio Plus Sets Off From Cape Reinga

The 54-day cycle ride by two university students to promote awareness about polio and to help raise funds for the global campaign to eradicate polio sets off from Cape Reinga on Wednesday 24 November on the start of a 3,358 kilometre "Journey of Hope" to Bluff.

Xaver Hausner, a Rotary Ambassadorial scholar from Germany, and his friend Oliver Macindoe will travel down the east coast of the North Island and the West Coast of the South Island as they bring the message "As long as polio threatens even one child anywhere in the world, children everywhere remain at risk" to many towns and cities.

Along the way they will work with the 250 Rotary Clubs of New Zealand to participate in local events en route and provide a focal point for local fundraising. Rotary internationally is working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to ensure that polio is eradicated in the four countries in the world where it is still endemic. The "End Polio Now" campaign has been going since 1988.

Rotary Clubs north of Auckland will welcome the two intrepid cyclists as they make their way down to Auckland. Xaver and Oliver will meet with members of the Rotary Club of Kaitaia on Thursday. The club has pledged a donation of $500 to the cause. Nationally, more than $10,000 has been raised before the Journey of Hope even starts.

It is also expected that keen Rotary cyclists will join the Journey of Hope as it moves south. The specially created website www.polio.org.nz will feature daily updates on the progress of the Journey of Hope. The schedule through the north is:

Date Origin and Destination Distance Rotary Clubs 24-Nov Cape Reinga to Lake Waiparera 87 25-Nov Lake Waiparera to Whangaroa 80.7 The Rotary Club of Kaitaia 26-Nov Whangaroa to Paihia 61 Waipapa, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands 27-Nov REST DAY 28-Nov Paihia to Whangarei 69.8 Whangarei City, Whangarei, Whangarei Sunrise, Whangarei South 29-Nov Whangarei to Mangawhai Heads 65.5 30-Nov Mangawhai to Whangaparaoa 83.4 Warkworth, Whangaparaoa, Orewa

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