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Pedal power to raise funds for seriously-ill children

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A team of selfless cyclists will rely on pedal power to raise vital funds for seriously-ill or injured children, and their families, throughout the region.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern NSW (RMHC Northern NSW) is hosting its 18th annual Ride for Sick Kids event next month.

And, from Tuesday 6 to Saturday 10 September, the group of 25 riders are expected to cycle more than 500km from Inverell to Newcastle to amass the targeted $200,000 for the charity.

All proceeds will be donated to the Northern NSW chapter, which includes two Ronald McDonald Houses in Newcastle and Tamworth, Ronald McDonald Family Rooms in John Hunter Children’s Hospital (Newcastle) and Gosford Hospital (Central Coast), as well the Ronald McDonald Family Retreat in Forster.

These programs also provide more than 1,400 nights of accommodation for families in need, such as Avianna’s. 

The youngster and her family have only been able to stay together while she undergoes vital treatment, due to the support of RMHC Northern NSW. 

Having stayed in Ronald McDonald House since April of this year, Avianna’s mum Nikki said: “Ronald McDonald House is a lifeline for families like mine, who live in remote communities.  

“As a family you’re experiencing the worst time of your life, consistently scared of the outcome when leaving hospital each day.

“However, to know we can still remain together as a family by using Ronald McDonald House means the world, for us and Avianna.” 

RMHC is 100% community owned and relies on the generosity of residents to continue to support families from across the Northern NSW region.  

“We are very excited to be welcoming back our annual Ride for Sick Kids event in its physical format following two years of virtual rides,” RMHC Northern NSW CEO Ross Bingham said.

“We support in excess of 6,000 families annually from across the region.

“So, we are calling on the Northern NSW community get involved to help raise the all-important funds needed for children like Avianna.”

People throughout the Northern NSW catchment can support the fundraiser by: 

Purchasing a Helping Bike for $2 from McDonald’s until the end of August;

Donating to a rider by visiting https://nnswfundraising.rmhc.org.au/event/ride-for-sick-kids-nth-nsw/sponsor-select; or signing up to participate in the community ride  

For further information or to sign up to Ride for Sick Kids Northern NSW 2022, go to www.rideforsickkids.org.au 

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