Ride for sick kids ped­als off from the Whit­sun­days

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Char­lotte Lam

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.

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