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Queenstown-bound: Eugene Sanders e-scooters from Wanaka to Queenstown today

By PHILIP CHANDLER

A Christchurch man with a kidney disorder e-scooters into Queenstown today near the end
of a 14-day, 1400km challenge.

Eugene Sanders is riding from Picton to Bluff to raise awareness of kidney disease and fundraise for Kidney Health New Zealand — as of last Sunday, he was just $1300 off his $10,000 target.

He’s undergoing the challenge on an off-road electric scooter ‘‘while I still can’’, as his kidney’s functioning at only 28% and he’ll need a kidney transplant within two years.

His message is people should ask for a kidney health test when they next visit their GP to avoid ever needing final-stage treatment.

At the halfway point he’d been amazed at the ‘‘heartwarming stories’’ he’d heard of people living with a kidney transplant or on dialysis.

‘‘They’re just as chipper as anybody else and leading a normal life, which is so fantastic — it gives me a bit of hope.’’

Tomorrow, Sanders will head to Mossburn, via a lake trip to Walter Peak, before the final leg to Bluff on Sunday.

For these legs he’ll be accompanied by a Kidney Health NZ representative on an e-bike.

His fundraising page is givealittle.co.nz/fundraise/while-i-still-can-my-journey

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