“You are all my heroes” was a sentiment shared by Te Amohaere Rudolph and Georgia Buckingham to their local community who turned out in force to awhi (support) the Spinathon event held in their honour over the weekend.

Organised by Te Hiku Hauora and held at Club Physical Kaitaia, the event, which saw over 140 people take part in spin (exercycle) classes for over 12 hours, was to raise funds for the two girls who are currently dealing with cancer.

The theme was “Super Heroes” which saw Bat Girl, Raphael the Ninja Turtle and Thor, amongst others, make an appearance.

The youngest participant was 3-year-old Jaimee Reti who sat on mum Chevi’s lap for their hour long cycling session, and the eldest, 78-year-old John Summerville. One participant, Roselle Barrientos cycled for the entire 12 hour period.

Te Hiku Hauora health promotion team kaimahi Louisa Cooper said, “Team spirit, laughter and fun were evident throughout the event. It was great to see young and old together as one. To all those who gave, spun and shared, a huge thank you. He mihi nui to the team at Club Physical and the five instructors who provided the spinners with an atmosphere and workout they won’t forget.”

The final amount raised at the end of the day came to an impressive $2,900.

Kaitaia College student Te Amohaere Rudolph said after the event, “I can honestly say that of all the pain and hurt felt throughout my diagnosis, it is nothing compared to the support and love we (as a community) have shown towards each other. And its days much like today, that make me realise more positive things have come from our diagnosis than negative. And in a way I am honoured to have been a part of that. I admire all those who rode today. You are all my heroes!”