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ON YER BIKE: Using pedal power for the sake of sick kids

It’s the popular fundraising drive that has been raising money for sick kids for the past 18 years.

But, due to COVID-19, this year, the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Northern NSW Ride for Sick Kids is doing things a little differently.

A team of dedicated riders would normally pedal more than 500 kilometres, from Grafton to Newcastle, however this year, they will be tackling the same distance in five individial day rides.

The methods may differ but the aim is the same – to raise $100,000 do that RMHC can continue to support families with a seriously ill or injured child.

This year, the riders will be kicking off in Newcastle on Monday 7 September with subsequent day rides commencing from Gosford, Muswellbrook, and Maitland, before wrapping up in Taree on Friday 7 September.

And jumping on your bike isn’t the only way you can get behind this great cause, as you can jump on the site to throw your support behind a rider or even sign up to join a virtual ride.

McDonald’s restaurants across Northern NSW are also showing their support by selling $2 Helping Bikes throughout August and September.

The Helping Bikes are available to purchase at selected restaurants, with all proceeds donated to help families supported by RMHC Northern NSW.

“With COVID impacting our ability to fundraise this year, we are so grateful for all the support we receive from the community, whether it’s taking part in the rides, making a donation on McHappy Day or supporting RMHC in other ways,” RMHC CEO Ross Bingham said.

“All funds raised help to keep our doors open, so families can focus on
what matters most – caring for their sick child.”

The RMHC Northern NSW Ride for Sick Kids kicks off on Monday 7 September. Head here for more information and to get involved.

Written by Newcastle Live

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