USO Bike Ride Campaign launch

USO Bike Ride launched their Bluff2Cape 2016 campaign on Saturday 30 January at the Te Akapuanga Hall in Cannons Creek, Porirua.

Pasifika Futures is very supportive of this initiative in raising the profile and importance of health and wellbeing for Pacific and Māori through the activity of bike riding.

Wellington-born Samoan Christopher Te’o, the founder and “Godfather” of USO Bike Ride said the project is primarily to raise cancer awareness and encourage men to have regular health check-ups.

Christopher Te'o at the launch of the USO Bike Ride project“The participants will ride throughout the country to promote our worthy cause and encourage as many people as possible to join up.”

The USO Bike Ride is made up of a group of Samoan, Cook Island, Tongan and Māori families working together to promote and improve health and wellbeing amongst the Polynesian community in New Zealand through cycling.

“We have a programme of health and fitness assessments, community engagements and family events which will culminate in a cycle across the length of the country in February 2016,” says Christopher.

Christopher formed USO Ride Bike after he lost his father to cancer.

The launch was witnessed by many who were inspired by testimonies of triumph and lifestyle transformation resulting from personal loss. The dedication by Pacific men and the riders demonstrated an incredible commitment to helping improve the health of Pacific Island and Māori men.

The message was simple; promoting healthy living through exercise and diet.

The group has worked with 22 plus Pacific men ensuring they have completed their health check and fitness assessments. They have developed and implemented training plans incorporating nutritional support. They have also commenced a programme of health awareness incorporating opportunities for families to integrate lifestyle changes revolving around eating and cycling exercise.

The USO Bike Ride project is a recipient of the Whānau Ora Small Grant Fund.