In February, exactly one month after my dad died suddenly, New Zealand experienced a massive cyclone. My hometown, in Hawke’s Bay’s Esk Valley, was hit particularly bad and all but destroyed by the flooding river. You can read about that terrifying night and the aftermath in this journal post.
Before I had even made it back to the UK, the team were already hard at work and had made a special bag collection to raise money for cyclone relief. Not long after the collection went live a friend reached out to us, Dom from Fairlight Cycles asked us if he could donate a Secan frameset in a special colourway to the fundraiser. We were very touched and of course excited at what this could mean for our fundraiser. We made a set of bags, Hope and King Cage donated components, and we launched a prize draw.
Hoping the prize draw would make at least £3,000 and setting a stretch goal of £10,000, we sent out an email to our subscribers, and Fairlight to theirs, by mid-morning we had smashed our initial goal of £3,000 and by the end of the day we’d smashed our stretch goal! By the time the prize draw ended, coupled with our special bag collection, we had raised £20,675.93
You can see the prize draw here, and all the lovely comments that keep our spirits up.