"Ability is no limit to adventure" is the motto the late Samuel Gibson lived by.

The Bay family man and adventurer had a fatal accident during the Hawke's Bay Half Marathon while training for his Run and Roll for Ryuki on the Alps 2 Ocean cycleway that was due to take place later this year.

At his funeral on May 20, more than 700 people gathered at Havelock North's Riverbend Bible Church to celebrate his life.

The Run and Roll on the 300km cycleway was intended to raise funds for a 2-year-old boy in Christchurch called Ryuki, who has the same rare brittle bone condition as Mr Gibson had.


Friends said he had wanted to make sure that Ryuki had the same opportunities that he did by raising the funds needed to make his house "wheelchair friendly".

Organisers said they would like to honour Mr Gibson "and help finish what he started".

"Together we can put a big dent in the $50,000 he wanted to raise for Ryuki. We invite all of the local community here in Hawke's Bay to come and join us to 'Ride for Ryuki' on June 10," a spokesperson said.

Neil Wagstaff said he would be riding for 12 hours non-stop, and welcomed anyone who wished to remember Mr Gibson by supporting his mission to help Ryuki to join him. Bikes can be booked for one-hour slots from 6am to 6pm for a $20 donation.

"We encourage any of you to join us who want to push your own limits, come ride for as long as you can. We have sponsorship forms available if you want to raise your own money.

"To conclude the day we will be holding a silent auction, plus there will be a number of prize raffle draws for which you can purchase tickets in the club. This is where we are reaching out to local businesses and the good people of the Bay who may wish to donate something to the cause.

"Any contribution will be gratefully received and the funds raised will go directly to Ryuki."

See peakfitnessandhealth.co.nz for more information or to donate see givealittle.co.nz/cause/ryukiwithoi.