CHAIN RE­AC­TION TO HELP KIDS

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BACK­HOUSE

EIGH­TEEN cy­clists have be­gun a gru­elling jour­ney over 660km from Air­lie Beach to Cairns to help fam­i­lies in their time of great­est need.

The Ride for Sick Kids started yes­ter­day and par­tic­i­pants hope to raise more than $ 150,000 for Ron­ald McDon­ald House Char­i­ties in Queens­land.

The group will ar­rive in Townsville about noon to­day and head to Ron­ald McDon­ald House in Doug- las about 12.30pm. The event has gained the sup­port of NRL Cow­boy Lach­lan Coote who last week hosted a spe­cial warm- up and spin class at the Ron­ald McDon­ald House to launch the event.

He also met with chil­dren and fam­i­lies stay­ing at Ron­ald McDon­ald House.

Scott Camp­bell, McDon­ald’s li­censee and Ride for Sick Kids Queens­land founder, is tak­ing part in his tenth ride this year.

“I’m hon­oured to be out there again for such a great cause,” he said. “The chal­lenges on the ride are at times dif­fi­cult, how­ever know­ing how much of an im­pact the do­na­tions raised make on the lives of fam­i­lies ... makes each kilo­me­tre worth it.”

Ron­ald McDon­ald Houses al­low fam­i­lies to stay close to their chil­dren while they re­ceive treat­ment in nearby hospi­tals.

Since Jan­uary 1 last year Ron­ald McDon­ald Houses in Queens­land pro­vided over 22,158 nights of ac­com­mo­da­tion to fam­i­lies.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

ON THE TEAM: Lach­lan Coote with Crys­tal Sheehy and her son Kyle Mor­gan, 6 months.

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