Ride for sick kids pedals off from the Whitsundays
QUEENSLAND cyclists awoke bright and early on Monday morning to embark on a ride to Cairns from McDonald’s in Cannonvale to raise funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
This will be the seventh annual Ride for Sick Kids which is expected to take five days and over 600km.
Riders, which were mostly made up of McDonald’s licensees and office staff from Queensland, flew into the Whitsunday Coast Airport on Sunday and spent the night at Coral Sea Resort. The riders were expecting to cover 180km on their first day.
Ride for Sick Kids aims to raise $100,000 to assist Ronald McDonald House Charities programs across Queensland. Since its inception in 2007, the ride has raised $900,000 with 100 per cent of funds donated directly to Ronald McDonald Houses in Queensland.
Ride for Sick Kids organiser and licensee of Ballina said the charity program is currently looking at funding a new hospital in Brisbane.
“What we do is spread the world of Ronald McDonald Houses as ride, calling into McDonalds and visiting schools to talk about bike safety and charity,” he said.
Mr Campbell said the Whitsundays was the perfect spot to start the ride because of the sensational weather and southerly winds. The riders, who are accompanied by five support staff, are expecting to arrive in Cairns on Saturday. To find out about the ride or to donate visit www.qldrideforsickkids.com.
BREAKFAST FIRST: (From left) Mark Roberts, Jason Berther, Larry Lanza, Ray Miels, Graham King, Sandy Kennedy, Keith Beer, Simon Ovenden, Kerry Gilloway, Marc Benson, Paul Rissman, Peter Cowey, McDonalds Cannonvale licensee Mike Muller, Glen Hordern and Tim Westway prepare to ride to Cairns in the Ride for Sick Kids.