Locals raise $114,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities

NORTHERN Rivers residents have helped the Hadley Cycles Ride for Sick Kids raise over $114,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

These funds will help to ensure Ronald McDonald House can continue to provide important support and services for seriously ill children and their families.

26 tireless cyclists cycled a mammoth 519 kilometres in just five days, from Moree to Newcastle.

Ride Organiser and RMHC Northern NSW CEO Ross Bingham, said he was grateful for the generosity of the local community.

"We've been doing the Ride for eleven years now and we are overwhelmed by the support and kindness that we have received from Northern NSW residents," he said.

"Cycling for over 500km is no easy feat, a real test for the body and mind, but it is nothing compared with what the children and families go through every day, that need our Ronald McDonald Houses.

"Thinking of them inspires us to continue to do our best and we couldn't do it without your support along the way.

"Thank you, Northern Rivers for digging deep - you've helped us raise more than $114,000 so far towards our goal of $200,000 for RMHC programs and thanks to your generosity, sick kids and their families are able to stay together."

Northern Rivers residents who have not yet had the chance to donate to the Ride can still do so by purchasing a coffee from McDonald's.

Until the end of September, McDonald's restaurants across Northern NSW will be donating 50 cents from the sale of every tall McCafe coffee to the Ride's fundraising efforts, to contribute towards the $200,000 target.

McDonald's Casino, Goonellabah, Lismore and Lismore Square Shopping Centre licensee, Jim Moffitt, was also thrilled with the result of the fundraising, which will help many Northern NSW residents.

"As a McDonald's Licensee, I have had the opportunity to meet many of the local children and their families being helped by RMHC programs," he said.

"Although their stories are heartbreaking, the fact that they can stay together as a family unit makes such a difference to them.

"I'm thrilled to see I'm not the only one who has been moved by the incredible work of RMHC - all of the Northern Rivers region should know that their generosity has helped put smiles on the faces of sick children across the region."

This year, the charity ride aims to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald Houses in Newcastle and Tamworth, the Forster Family Retreat and the Family Rooms at Newcastle and Gosford Hospital.

Over the past 11 years, the Ride has raised more than $2.4 million for RMHC Northern NSW.

To find out more about the Hadley Cycles 'Ride for Sick Kids' Charity Bike Ride, visit www.rideforsickkids.org and to find out more about RMHC, visit www.rmhc.org.au/newcastle

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