More than 20 determined riders are cycling from Grafton to Newcastle as the Ride For Sick Kids Northern NSW raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).
The riders commenced the 538km journey on Tuesday and have set a goal to raise more than $200,000 which will go towards helping families with sick or injured children.
Driven by a passion for RMHC and cycling, the riders are navigating through terrain on the mid-North coast of NSW until they arrive in Newcastle this Saturday.
Before setting off, Brett Hadley, a founding rider of the event and Hadley Cycles owner said the money raised is going towards a great cause.
“When I was introduced to the work of Ronald McDonald House Charities over a decade ago, I was compelled to use my passion for cycling to help support the cause. RMHC means a great deal to many people and it’s been fantastic to watch Ride For Sick Kids Northern NSW grow from strength to strength over the years,” Hadley said.
“As a father of two, I get a tremendous sense of pride when putting on the RFSK jersey - this year will be no exception. When we’re on the road, I look forward to talking to the locals about cycle safety while raising funds to help families and their sick children stay together.”
Ross Bingham, RMHC Northern NSW CEO and RFSK rider is glad to be involved.
“We’re thrilled to be hosting the fourteenth Ride For Sick Kids Northern NSW this year. Through the generosity of the community, RMHC continues to be a place that local families can rely on while they care for a sick or injured child. This year, we’re hoping to raise in excess of $200,000 to ensure that families can stay together during these stressful and difficult times, and make the road to recovery as easy as possible.”
RMHC provide a home away from home for families, allowing them to stay close to their sick or injured child while they receive treatment in nearby hospitals. Last year, Ronald McDonald Houses across Northern New South Wales have provided over 15,900 nights of accommodation to more than 690 families.
For those who wish to support Ronald McDonald House Charities, visit http://www.rideforsickkids.org.au for more information and details on how to make a donation.