New Zealand Aid and Development agency TEAR Fund is calling for  Auckland businesses, schools, groups and clubs to enter The Poverty Cycle Challenge and raise funds for the world’s most vulnerable and at-risk children. The Poverty Cycle Challenge is a road relay race that pits teams of five against each other to complete five laps of a 20km circuit.  Endorsed by Triathlon NZ and Bike NZ, The Poverty Cycle Challenge aims to raise $200,000 for the world's most vulnerable children both here and overseas.

Notable New Zealand businesses already on board include Ricoh and Unlimited Potential with many more lined up to participate in the 20km circuit this September. TEAR Fund now wants to extend this same opportunity to local businesses, schools, groups and clubs with all funds raised going towards  the rescue and rehabilitation of children caught up in human trafficking in Nepal, mothers and babies in India and Ethiopia, and locally to at risk youth here in Auckland. The event will be happening on Saturday September 15th at the Tipapa Events Centre in Clevedon, Auckland and to enter all one needs is a team of five people who can ride a bike and fundraise.

Beth Harper, TEAR Fund Poverty Cycle Event Manager says, “The Poverty Cycle is a fantastic team building event for businesses and groups that will challenge, unite, and encourage people to get together for a great cause. With such a hugely positive impact on business culture as well as positive brand exposure, we encourage anyone who’s interested in putting together a team to get in touch!”

Mike Pollok, Managing Director at Ricoh New Zealand says, “We’re thrilled to be involved with TEAR Fund’s Poverty Cycle Challenge. If your business is considering becoming involved with this event, we challenge you to get on your bike and come join us!”

For over 30 years TEAR Fund has been giving New Zealanders the opportunity to practically do something about poverty, hunger and injustice throughout the developing world. If you’re up for the challenge and keen to exercise your social responsibility - visit www.povertycycle.org.nz  or call 0800 800777 for your free information pack.