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France to New Zealand on a Bamboo Bike
Published: 1st September 2016
Written by: James Marr
Cyclist pedals strong message about global water crisis
On September 1 Rohfritsch will start the final leg of the journey in New Zealand, departing from the Viaduct Harbour in Auckland for Invercargill.
For 14 months the Frenchman has pedalled on his sustainable bamboo bicycle across 25,000 kilometres through 21 countries and three continents, all to raise awareness and funds to shine a light on the global water crisis.
As part of his world cycle trip he has embraced the challenge of Cycle for Water, an initiative to raise awareness of the global water crisis.
Rohfritsch hopes that his 1600km cycle through New Zealand will raise awareness of the importance of clean water and inspire a generation of young Kiwis to take action.
“Water is something many of us take for granted. Yet clean, safe drinking water is key to healthy lifestyles.
“I can’t wait to share this message with a generation of young Kiwis on my journey through your beautiful country in my quest for change to be made to help combat the global water crisis,” he says.
Rohfritsch holds a masters degree in science sustainability and will visit New Zealand’s key communities and schools, including Papakura’s Edmund Hillary School, before making his final pedal to Invercargill on October 6.
His arrival in New Zealand coincides with the release of the KPMG Water and People report, which looks at the importance of water in New Zealand from an economic, cultural, community and environmental perspective.
“We’re committed to building and supporting prosperous communities and so we developed a report examining our water and people in New Zealand, timed with the final leg of the Cycle for Water initiative,” KPMG New Zealand executive chairman Ross Buckley says.
“Water not only makes a huge contribution to our economic success, it also plays a critical role in ensuring the health and well-being of all New Zealanders”.
The report also looks at the importance of embracing Maori values and the impact of natural disaster, such as drought on the local economy and environment.
Now nearing the end of his journey Rohfritsch says he’s excited to see the finish line after 14 months.
“I am so grateful for the support from KPMG and am enjoying meeting people in New Zealand who are passionate about cycling and the global water issues.”
Visit Cycle for Water for more information.