Charity cycle for a cause

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Racing for Ronald McDonald House, NZMP’s active athletes are leading the way for a good cause.

26 June 2019

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From commuters on classic Dutch bicycles to triathletes on top-of-the-line road bikes

A group of colleagues from NZMP’s European region are banding together to collectively cycle 500km in 24 hours on the weekend of June 22nd and 23rd.

The team are taking on the challenge as part of the annual HomeRide tour, a fundraising event organised by the Ronald McDonald Foundation. The Foundation provides accommodation and support for parents and families of seriously ill children to make sure they are close and supported during this very difficult time.

The NZMP team have raised over €8,000 for the Emma Huis, a Ronald McDonald House near Fonterra’s European headquarters office in Amsterdam.

Leading the charge from the region

Hans Huistra, NZMP Regional Director of EMEA, reflects on the upcoming challenge, “NZMP is dedicated to supporting the communities it operates within. Multiple members of our office have been supported by the Ronald McDonald Children's Fund at some point in their life, and giving back to the charity is a great thing for us to rally together and do.

We also cannot have reached our fundraising target without the support of our friends and families, the offices in our EMEA region and our colleagues across the globe. To them, we are truly grateful, and to me this a great reflection of the Fonterra values.”

The nine person team consists of members from both the European and Russian office including Hans Huistra, Thijs Bosch, Rebecca Burnell, Rory Donnelly, Natalie Hamilton, Mikhail Sobolev, Thomas De Bruijn, Nina Walenz and Angus Rowland.

HomeRide: the sponsor cycling tour of the Ronald McDonald Children's Fund.

  • HomeRide is a sponsored cycling tour for the Ronald McDonald Children's Fund.
  • The Emma Huis is a local organization which provides accommodation next to the Amsterdam children’s hospital for parents and families of seriously ill children to make sure they are close and supported during this very difficult time.
  • Each team's goal is to complete the 500km cycle race in stages through the 24 hours.
  • Each major stage will be hosted in a large arena or stadium to ensure that the 1,000s of riders and hundreds of volunteers can rest, eat and get ready for the next stage.