Ride KIND way to aid local kids
IN 2008, after attending a huge fundraiser for a young Douglas boy diagnosed with leukaemia, two local ladies discussed the idea of raising funds for even disbursement to all sick children and their families across our shire.
The ladies – Claire Crew and Victoria Hunt – teamed up with Ann-Marie WrightBrown, Denise Landers, Linda and Jenna Rumney, and Heidi Bergen-Rawlins to establish Kids In Need of Donations “KIND”.
KIND is a not-for-profit organisation, by local people for local people, to raise, administer and distribute funds to assist children in need of support who have been diagnosed with a chronic, terminal or debilitating illness or injury.
Not means tested, support is given to alleviate some of the stress and worry associated with having a sick child and to bridge the gap between any government subsidies available and actual costs involved.
The type of support varies from direct financial assistance, food and fuel vouchers, help with finding accommodation and transport and, in some cases, the purchase of specialised equipment.
Over the 10 years KIND has helped about 40 children and their families.
The community has shown great support over the years by donating and participating in various fundraisers such as raffles, morning teas, family fun days, fairy and pirate parties, cupcake sales, trivia nights, barefoot bowls competitions, Cadbury chocolate sales, Melbourne Cup day events and, over the past three years, the Jungle Ride.
All of the profits raised from events goes directly to helping families in need.
On October 13, the 10th Jungle Ride for KIND is being held in the Douglas Shire starting from the Port Douglas Sport Complex with the first group departing at 5.45am.
There will be no road closures during the ride.
Riders are organised groups according to ability.
Each group is accompanied by clearly marked front and rear escort vehicles and a ride leader.
Each group is in constant radio communication to ensure any traffic disruptions are kept to an absolute minimum.
There will be refreshment stops along the ride at Mossman, Wonga Beach, Daintree Ferry, Alexandra Range and the 90km ride finishes at Ocean Safari, Cape Tribulation. in Many of the riders will then be transported back to Port Douglas by bus, with others opting to ride back to the ferry for collection and the fittest opting to ride (escorted) the gruelling 180km back to the Sports Complex.
Now in its 10th year, the annual Jungle Ride raises much needed funds for local kids and in 2017 raised more than $24,000.
The FNQ Jungle Ride was created by local icon Lesley Stephens to inspire adults and children to step outside their comfort zones and challenge themselves, all in the name of a great cause.
Sadly Lesley passed away earlier this year but she was pleased to know her legacy was continuing to help local children.
This is a major event for the area with up to 250 riders joining in from all parts of the country, many of whom will stay and support Douglas Shire local businesses during that weekend.
Organisers would like to thank sponsors and supporters for helping to stage this event and the Douglas Shire Community in advance for their patience, co-operation and support of this ride and welcome contact if there are any questions – email the Jungle Ride for KIND at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you’d like to know more about KIND or the Jungle Ride go to www.kind.org.au and www.jungleride.bike
KIND’s Ann-Marie Clark, Nadine Jones, Danielle Bellerro, Melanie Ferrerro and Charmaine Norris.