Ballina McDonald's franchisee Scott Campbell who set out on a Ride for Sick Kids on Sunday that will take him from Inverell to Newcastle.
Ballina McDonald's franchisee Scott Campbell who set out on a Ride for Sick Kids on Sunday that will take him from Inverell to Newcastle. The Northern Star

Healthy support for charity ride for sick kids

NORTHERN Rivers residents will ride their push bikes for seriously ill kids this week in an attempt to raise $150,000 for the Hunter Valley Ronald McDonald House.

On Sunday a team of cyclists, including McDonald's Ballina franchisee Scott Campbell, set out to ride across Northern NSW on a gruelling 740km ride from Inverell to Newcastle. They are expected to complete the ride on Saturday.

It will be the fourth annual Ride For Sick Kids charity event, involving more than 20 riders on various legs of the journey, including Hunter Ronald McDonald House Chief Executive Ross Bingham.

Mr Campbell said that the ride was creating strong community support.

“The Ride For Sick Kids gives us the chance to raise funds for more Ronald McDonald houses in the country so families don't have to move to the cities,” he said.

Mr Campbell said he had been in all four of the charity rides, and seeing the families first-hand made him even more passionate about getting involved.

“The Ronald McDonald houses are crucial in keeping the families together during their difficult and often lengthy time,” he said.

Mr Bingham said it was great to have a supportive crew to help reach an ambitious fundraising target.

“We are relying on the Northern Rivers community to make it all worth while and get behind the riders,” Mr Bingham said.

Northern Rivers residents interested in supporting the Hadley Cycles Ride For Sick Kids charity event are encouraged to purchase an On Ya Bike wristband or pen at McDonald's Lismore, or make a donation to Ronald McDonald House in the Hunter by calling (02) 4921 4733.

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Bikers pedal in to help sick kids.



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