On 4 May 2017, two physically challenged cyclists will undertake a fundraising challenge like no other. They need your help to make it happen.




Mary grew up in Upper Hutt and represented New Zealand at the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Winning five medals and breaking world records was a distant dream as a young blind swimmer. “It only happened because of a wonderful support network and facilities that enabled my passion”.


On 26 September 2008, Phil’s life changed immeasurably. Infected with bacterial meningococcal disease (meningitis) Phil woke from a coma to find out he was deaf, blind and partially paralyzed. With great courage Phil has since made an enormous effort to live life to the fullest – never letting his disability hold him back. Learn more of Phil's story and the challenge.



Phil and Mary are raising funds for the Laura Fergusson Community - a charitable community working towards creating better lives for differently-abled people. Find out more about the Laura Fergusson Trust and the great work they do on Facebook .



From 4-6 May 2017, Phil and Mary will ride from Greymouth on the West Cost to New Brighton Christchurch, a challenging journey of 256 kilometres and an elevation of 944 metres.

Phil will use a purpose-built tandem recumbent cycle, which he powers by hand crank in the rear while an able-bodied volunteer steers.

Mary will ride on the rear of a more conventional tandem with her Dad, Mike, up front.

A support crew of friends and family will be on hand to help along the way.

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Phil and Mary need your help to complete this amazing challenge and raise money for the
Laura Fergusson Trust. 

You can make donations directly to the Laura Fergusson Trust bank account:

Laura Fergusson Trust       12 – 3400-0002877-001     reference: CHALLENGE


Thank you in advance for your support. It is hugely appreciated by Phil, Mary and all INVOLVED.

If you have any questions or require a receipt for your donation, please contact: supportus@lft.org.nz