$200k for sick kids in cyclists’ sights

On yer marks: cyclists line up for the start of the 2108 Northern NSW Ride for Sick Kids in Grafton. Photo supplied

Some 20 cyclists have set off on a 500-kilometre trek to raise much needed funds for the families of sick children.

While the tough-bodied athletes don’t look like they subsist on MacDonalds’ fare, they departed from the golden arches in Grafton this morning (Tuesday September 11) with the aim of raising the money for Ronald MacDonald House Charities (RMHC) in the region.

From there they will travel south, navigating through tough terrain over the next five days to raise vital funds for the charity.

The ride will finish on Saturday, September 15, at the Queens Wharf Hotel in Newcastle.

Last year Ronald McDonald Houses across northern New South Wales provided over 15,900 nights of accommodation to more than 690 families of sick children.

RMHC Northern NSW CEO Ross Bingham, who is one of the riders says, ‘over the past two decades, I’ve got to know many families who stayed at the Houses while their child received treatment’.

‘During this time, I’ve heard countless inspirational stories and have seen how valuable the charity’s work has been to the community.

‘The funds generated from Ride For Sick Kids Northern NSW will play an instrumental role in helping families stay together in their time of need and ensure the fantastic work of RMHC can continue,’ he said.

For those who wish to support Ronald McDonald House Charities, visit their website for more information and details on how to make a donation.

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