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Racing for Grace

Sunday 26th February 2017

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Team Best Foot Forward (83) will be racing this year’s GODZone Pursuit for a great cause.

Bob McLachan is taking a year out from his Torpedo 7 Adventure Race team, who he has raced with for the past five years and finished on the podium three times, to captain a novice team Best Foot Forward.

The team, all from Central Otago, will race the slightly shorter GODZone Pursuit course in the hope of raising enough money to buy an electric bike for Grace, Bob’s 15-year-old niece who has had a lower leg amputated.

“Grace was born with twisted limbs and has endured numerous surgeries since she was three months old. In May 2015, she had her lower right leg amputated above the knee to relieve her from constant pain.” Bob says. “I’d love for Grace to be able to get out on a bike with her friends and family and enjoy an activity that most of us take for granted.”

“She is such a brave girl and never complains about how tough life is for her. She is unable to take part in any of the disciplines involved in GODZone, so I’ll be racing for her as we travel through some of the South Island’s most beautiful scenery.”

If the team can raise extra money they would like to help another young amputee from the Southern Lakes region to purchase a second sport leg, so they can run, ski or swim. These sport limbs cost around $3000 each.

A Give a Little page has been set up to help fundraise for Grace’s bike: www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/helpgracegetane-bike

Make sure to follow the team’s progress on our live feed or their Best Foot Forward team Facebook page.

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