A heart attack last year was the “wake-up” call one New Zealander needed to change his lifestyle and mindset.
Now he has just completed a month-long cycle journey from Cape Reinga to Bluff to raise money for charity.
Rangi Turner, of Auckland, cycled the 2000km to raise money and awareness for Key to Life Charitable Trust and Totara Hospice.
He started his journey on October 9, stopped off in Dunedin on Friday and ended in Bluff on Sunday.
When speaking to The Star last week, he was feeling “fatigued”.
“My legs are screaming at the moment.
“Today they did not want to get up and ride but that’s where you challenge yourself.
“The message I am putting out there is for everyone to get out and give it their best.”
Turner chose to ride for charities that were close to his heart. He had been suicidal due to a “bad upbringing” and getting involved with the wrong people and situations.
“I know what a person goes through.
“It’s alarming that our youth are killing themselves. It’s growing at an alarming rate.”
His brother spent about two months in Totara Hospice before he died last year.
“I wanted to give back. I wanted to say thank you to them.
“I usually do something big when I am passionate about something.”
He was supposed to do the ride about two years ago, but was looking after his sick mother who has since died.
A heart attack in October last year was a “wake-up”, he said.
To prepare for the ride, he worked hard to build his strength and stamina – sometimes spending up to five hours in the gym.
While he faced rain and wind during his ride, the hardest part was “challenging your own insecurities”, doubts and weaknesses, he said.
His fiancee Dianna Kereopa was his support, and drove behind, in front, or alongside him the entire way.
“Her job is harder than mine,” Turner said.
“She’s got so much to worry about. She’s got to make sure I’m safe, she’s got to watch out for the traffic.”
The trip marks their first time to the South Island and they were “blown away” by the hospitality shown.
“Both of us don’t get to see much of it because she’s focusing on me and everything else. I go into meditation on my bike and I focus on the road ahead.
“I look up now and then but a lot of the time I go into deep meditation so I can keep my body just pumping.”
To give, go to https://givealittle.co.nz/fundraiser/rangis-ride-for-charity.
Where to get help:
Suicide Crisis Helpline: 508 828 865 Lifeline: 0800 543 354
Depression Helpline, open 24/7 0800 111 757.
Healthline: 0800 611 116
Youthline: 0800 376 633, free text 234 or email email@example.com
What’s Up (for 5-18 year olds; 1pm-11pm): 0800 942 8787
Kidsline (aimed at children up to age 14; 4pm-6pm weekdays): 0800 54 37 54 (0800 kidsline)
Rainbow youth (LGBTQ youth helpline): (09) 376 4155.