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Local riders pedal to $260,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities

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Local riders pushed through the pain barrier in the name of a great cause, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), at the weekend.

But, all of the “blood, sweat and tears” – which spilt between Tuesday 6 September and Saturday 10 September – was certainly appreciated when their fundraising efforts totalled $260,000.   

The annual Ride for Sick Kids (RFSK) saw a team of 25 cyclists pedal from Inverell to Newcastle, with stopovers in Muswellbrook and Singleton, to amass much-needed funds for the Northern NSW chapter of the organisation.

That financial windfall will now provide more than 1,4000 nights of accommodation for families in need.

“We are incredibly grateful for the backing shown by our riders and community for this year’s Ride for Sick Kids,” said RMHC Northern NSW CEO Ross Bingham, who also donned the lycra for the event.

“While cycling over 500km has been a challenge for our dedicated participants, it’s nothing compared to the challenges families face when they have a seriously-ill or injured child and need to be far from home to receive vital treatment in hospital. 

“Ride for Sick Kids is our largest annual fundraiser and will make such a difference for so many people.

“So, I can’t thank the riders and community enough for their ongoing support.”

RMHC relies on the generosity of residents to assist more than 6,000 families every year from across Northern NSW.

The region includes two Ronald McDonald Houses in Newcastle and Tamworth; Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in John Hunter Children’s Hospital and Gosford Hospital on the Central Coast; as well the Ronald McDonald Family Retreat in Forster.

“All proceeds from the ride will be donated to the Northern NSW chapter,” Mr Bingham said.

“These programs offer vital respite for parents caring for a seriously-ill child and a friendly place where families can spend quality time together.

“The cornerstone of RMHC is providing a ‘home away from home’.”

Locals can still help by donating to a rider throughout the month of September or signing up to participate in a community ride.

To get involved, or for more information on Ride for Sick Kids Northern NSW, visit www.rideforsickkids.org.au

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