Pedalling for Nature

19 Nov 2009

 A Belgian-Spanish couple and their 15-month baby are cycling around New Zealand to fundraise for Forest & Bird.

Vanessa and baby Ella rest up

Vanessa and baby Ella rest up

Wouter Van Wezemael, Vanessa Mudarra and daughter Ella began their cycle journey at Cape Reinga on November 1, and aim to reach Bluff in about five months. Vanessa tows Ella in a buggy and Wouter tows their luggage in another buggy.

They aim to raise $20,000 during the trip, and are seeking fundraising challenges. Donations to Forest & Bird can be made online at

The cyclists are visiting Forest & Bird reserves and projects along the way. They are very interested in New Zealand conservation and environmental issues, and plan to join Forest & Bird branch members on planting days, trips, meetings, KCC activities and other events. 

For more information, contact Forest & Bird Senior Fundraiser Kerin Welford at