Riders out to raise $500/km

TWENTY-six cyclists have embarked on a 600km ride on which they aim to earn $500 a kilometre to help sick children.

The McDonald Ride for Sick Kids peleton left Grafton at 8am today in high spirits aiming to finish in Newcastle on Saturday.

First stop this morning is at Glenreagh School where the riders are primed to answer questions from kids about why they're putting their middle-aged bodies through the rigours of such a long ride.

Ride organiser and Grafton McDonalds franchise owner Dave Munro said the ride aimed to raise around $300,000 which will go the Ronald McDonald House charity which supports the families of sick children.

"The money will go to expanding the services Ronald McDonald House brings to the North Coast," Mr Munro said.

"We're looking at getting a family room at Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie, so the money we're raising here will be spent here."

Mr Munro said Grafton's new eatery, Toast Espresso, which opened yesterday, looked after the cyclists magnificently last night for their pre-ride dinner.

"Mark and Judy Hackett put in a real marathon effort yesterday," he said.

"They opened in the morning and were still serving us dinner at 10pm that night."

Mr Munro will give updates on the ride and The Daily Examiner will talk to local family that has an intimate knowledge of Ronald McDonald House later this week.

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