Ride for Sick Kids pedals off from Grafton
YESTERDAY morning, a team of 18 cyclists rode off towards Coffs Harbour to help raise money for sick kids.
With McDonald's franchisees, licensees, the regional CEO and supporters in toe, the group took off to complete the first leg of their Ride for Sick Kids.
Northern NSW CEO of McDonald House Ross Bingham said the group were raising money to the families of sick children in hospital.
"We're riding 530km from Grafton down to Newcastle over the next five days... we visit schools along the way and talk about bike safety and we give away a couple of bikes away to some lucky children,” Mr Bingham said.
"We hope to raise over $200,000, we've been doing it for 12 years, so we've nearly raised $3 million over the 12 years which is incredible.
"What it means is we can afford to run Ronald McDonald houses, because it's mostly run through fundraising and donations, so families don't pay to stay at McDonald's house.
"The money that we raise is significant and makes a huge difference to our programs and what we can do for children and their families.”
Mr Bingham said people from as far as Canberra had come to Ride for Sick Kids.
"We've got people spread around our area, we've got some riders from Canberra, we've got some local riders from Grafton and Coffs Harbour, some guys from Sydney,” he said.
"We've got a mix of people, mostly sponsored riders.”
If you are looking for a way to help out their cause, Mr Bingham said there was an easy way to donate.
"McDonald's is donating 50 cents from every large coffee sold through the month of September,” he said.
Owner of Grafton, Coffs Harbour and Nambucca McDonald's, Dave Munro said the ride was a great opportunity to put the work Ronald McDonald House do across the region in the spotlight.
"It's wonderful to be associated with other people who have a desire to improve the lives of sick or injured children and their families,” Mr Munro said.
The group will be staring in Coffs Harbour today before heading to Port Macquarie, Newcastle and Gosford.