Join these legends on the move for freedom.
Double Olympic rowing champion Eric Murray knows what it’s like to conquer a challenge. Eric has won back-to-back Olympic gold medals, 8 World Championship gold medals and set numerous international records with crewmate Hamish Bond. He now lives in Cambridge with wife Jackie and son Zac, and will be taking on the Poverty Cycle challenge this March with his colleagues at Concept2 NZ.
“As a parent, when I hear these stories of young girls and boys being trafficked, I think of my son. And if it was my child in that situation, I know how much I would want someone to help. That’s why at Concept2 we’ve decided to Row, BikeErg and SkiErg the 867km distance between Kathmandu, Nepal, and Kolkata, India, this month – because we can be the people who stand up and help for the sake of another.”
Rodney MP Mark Mitchell was elected into Parliament in 2011, and is now the National spokesperson for Justice, Defence and Disarmament and a member of the Justice Select Committee. He previously worked for 13 years in the police force, is a highly respected figure in his community, and a dedicated husband and father of five. Mark enjoys the Kiwi lifestyle and spending time with his family.
“Coming from a background of law enforcement, I’m absolutely passionate about safety – especially for those who are the most vulnerable. That’s why I’m taking part in the Poverty Cycle – to do my part in keeping the most vulnerable safe, and to help them claim their freedom. When we band together to tackle this, we can create powerful change.”
NZ actor and humanitarian Ido Drent has enjoyed a successful career on screen, starring in a number of television series. Coffee, athletics and cooking are a few of his favourite pastimes. The father-of-two is a passionate change-maker and has visited Tearfund’s projects overseas, witnessing first-hand the hope we can bring to those who need it most.
“I’m taking part in the Poverty Cycle because I want to join with Kiwis in achieving something remarkable. I’ve visited some of these places, and heard the stories of girls who have been freed from forced commercial sexual exploitation through the work of Tearfund’s partners. I know it’s very possible, and that motivates me to use what’s in my hand and give it all I can.”
Television personality Petra Bagust is one of New Zealand’s most recognised faces, hosting a range of well-known television series, radio shows and live events over the span of 20 years. Petra has been a long-time advocate of Tearfund’s work, which has seen her travel to the fields of Nepal and Lebanon, working alongside our local partners.
“Every person deserves the chance to know freedom, no matter who they are. And when I hear stories of innocent people trafficked into horrible situations, I feel compelled to act – to use what I’ve got and help. That’s why I’m taking part in the Poverty Cycle challenge. I’m moving for their freedom.”