Blind cyclist among grant recipients

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A blind cyclist, gymnasts, CrossFit representatives, an inspiring performer and United Nations youth attendees were among the latest South Canterbury recipients of Alpine Energy personal development grants.

Twice a year, the lines company allocates grants to residents within its network area to further their personal endeavours. The funding rounds open in February and August.

This allocation is part of the annual $400,000 Alpine sponsorship package.

In total, more than $23,000 was granted to people from all around the region during 2019.

Alpine Energy director Rick Ramsay said there were many talented and dedicated people in South Canterbury who were representing the region nationally and internationally.

“There are applicants attending the 2020 UN Youth Global Tour in Europe and the US, another is helping build a secondary school in Uganda, while one is competing at the World Bike Polo Championship.”

Another application was from a Timaru man who is not letting being blind stop him from cycling from Cape Reinga to Bluff. He will be doing so with the assistance of a pilot cyclist on a tandem bike.

“It’s heartening to see so many locals striving to challenge themselves, help others and bring what they learn back to South Canterbury.”