Ride KIND way to aid lo­cal kids

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

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 fn­qjun­g­leride@gmail.com

If you’d like to know more about KIND or the Jun­gle Ride go to www.kind.org.au and www.jun­g­leride.bike

Pic­ture: SUP­PLIED

KIND’s Ann-Marie Clark, Na­dine Jones, Danielle Bellerro, Me­lanie Fer­rerro and Char­maine Nor­ris.

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