Fulfilling the wishes of Palliative Care Patients


Pat and Marie Ryder have been married 47 years, so the news that Marie had 18 months to live was devastating for all the family.

Marie was first diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in Dec 2014 and has been on rigorous treatment to this date. With Marie finishing her Chemo at the end of May, Pat contacted the Race4Life with a special request. From all accounts the Ryder family have been involved in many good causes over the years and never really experienced the luxuries in life. Pat would so love to take Marie on a holiday where it is just the two of them. A train trip back to Greymouth, where they are both originally from, is something that this gorgeous couple would love to share. On August 14 th the Ryder’s wish will come true. And what a trip it will be!!! They leave from Auckland on August 14 th and return a week later on the 21 st August.

It is heart-warming to realise just how many businesses are involved  throughout New Zealand,  to make this adventure, possible for Pat and Marie.

·         Mercure Hotel Auckland

·         KiwiRail

·         The Interislander

·         The Ibis Hotel Wellington

·         Pegasus Car Rental

·         The Ashley Hotel Christchurch

·         Corporate Cabs. Christchurch

·         The Miller Bar Café. Christchurch

·         Chateau on the Park . Christchurch

·         Joe’s Garage Riccarton. Christchurch

·         The Ashley Hotel. Greymouth

·         The Sudima Hotel. Christchurch

·         Blue Bubble Taxis Wellington


A huge thank you on behalf of Race4Life