Some of the more than 300 riders who took part in the Ride
to Remember from Forsyth Barr Stadium to St Leonards
yesterday. Photo by Craig Baxter.
Hundreds paid a colourful and fun tribute to St Leonards
children Bradley and Ellen Livingstone yesterday.
More than 300 people, including the children's mother
Katharine Webb, dressed in colourful clothes and with
balloons attached to their bikes and helmets rode from
Forsyth Barr Stadium to St Leonards and back in the Ride to
Bradley (9) and Ellen (6) were shot and killed by their
father Edward Livingstone in St Leonards last month.
Ms Webb took part in the ride with two balloons, one pink and
one blue, attached to her bike.
Organiser Kashi Leuchs said Ms Webb's attendance was
''wonderful'' and for her to see the tribute was ''the
biggest thing we could ask for''.
He was pleased with the response from the community.
''It really indicates that people want to do something,'' he
''It's wonderful. It really shows that Dunedin has a heart.''
The colourful theme of the ride was designed to get children
smiling and to pay tribute to Bradley and Ellen, he said.
''People want to show their respects and they were colourful
kids,'' Mr Leuchs said.
Mayor Dave Cull, who also took part in the ride, said the
turnout was ''an indication of how much the deaths of Bradley
and Ellen touched the hearts and minds of Dunedin''.
''This bike ride is one of the ways we can show we care,'' he
''It's also an attempt to rekindle the lost joy of Bradley
and Ellen's schoolmates.''
St Leonards School board of trustees chairwoman Ceri Warnock
said most of the community had turned out to show their
''The teachers are all here on their bikes. It's great. It's
just nice to have something so positive for the kids,'' she
Funds were raised at the event to go towards the community,
but St Leonards School principal Jo Wilson said the gesture
was worth more than the money raised.
''The money isn't the important thing. It's the fact that
some people got up off the couch because they cared and did
something,'' she said.
''That's the cool part and that's what we are going to
An auction to raise funds for the community, organised by
school alumni, had raised more than $6000 by yesterday