The first-time event, Business of Bikes Business Breakfast, was part of the Rotorua Bike Festival, aimed at the business community and bringing together the many companies that are based around the biking industry.

The event was organised by Shout Marketing director and festival trustee, Linda Macpherson, with the aim of supporting local industry and talent that’s based around bikes.

“The bike festival focuses on inclusivity and we wanted to extend that to the business community this year.”

Speakers at the breakfast included Craig Pattle from Velosolutions, Peter Laing from Red Stag Investments, Henry and Budgie from Peak Safety, and Barb Jenks, the driving force behind Rotorua Mountain Bike Club’s First Response Unit.

The business breakfast raised $1,300 for the Rotorua Mountain Bike Club’s First Response Unit, which employs professional medics to patrol the forest.

Barb says the funds raised for the First Response Unit is fantastic and helps support its ongoing operation.

“The support we received from the business community today is significant.  The money raised will be put towards doing even more to ensure the public know to call 0800 WHAKA1 when they need medical attention in Whakarewarewa forest.”

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