Long ride for good cause

Yamba busi­ness­man to ride 522km for sick kids char­ity

The Daily Examiner - - NEWS - Jar­rard Pot­ter jar­rard.pot­ter@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

AF­TER tack­ling part of the Ron­ald McDon­ald Ride for Sick Kids last year, First Na­tional Yamba li­censee David Lovell is com­mit­ted to go­ing the whole dis­tance this year.

Bring­ing fel­low real es­tate agent Richard Hunt along with him for the ride, Mr Lovell said the pair were both keen cy­clists and look­ing for­ward to tak­ing on the 522km chal­lenge from In­verell to New­cas­tle to be held in Sep­tem­ber later this year. “I’m a lo­cal busi­ness owner with kids. I’m also pretty keen and into my fit­ness and First Na­tional are spon­sors of the ride, so it all works to the point of not just giv­ing the ride lip ser­vice but ac­tu­ally get­ting in the trenches, rais­ing some money and show­ing the level of com­mit­ment it needs,” he said. “I’m very much look­ing for­ward to the ride. We ride 522km over five days, so we av­er­age just over 100km a day, so that’s man­age­able.

“It’s for a great cause and we fin­ish the ride at John Hunter Hos­pi­tal and the Ron­ald McDon­ald House

and it’s nice to turn up there and see the kids and mums and dads.

“It’s a re­ally good in­sight to see how in need these fam­i­lies are and how much they rely on this cause and it makes you feel hum­ble as well. It makes it clear what all the ef­fort was for.”

Af­ter get­ting in­volved in the fundrais­ing ef­forts late, Mr Lovell still man­aged to raise $2700 last year. But his sights are set a lit­tle higher this time around.

“We’re go­ing to do a big push through First Na­tional Yamba, and I’ll be do­nat­ing some items that will be auc­tioned off like a signed rac­ing shirt from V8 tour­ing driver Tim Slade, so I’d re­ally like to raise $10,000,” he said.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the ride visit First Na­tional Real Es­tate Yamba’s web­site and Face­book page.

It makes it clear what all the ef­fort was for. — David Lovell

PHOTO: ADAM HOURI­GAN

WHEEL­ING AND DEAL­ING: David Lovell is get­ting ready to ride a char­ity ride from In­verell to News­cas­tle.

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