Over 21 determined riders have completed the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) South Australian Ride for Sick Kids 2017, taking to the roads of Western NSW, Sunraysia region of VIC and SA and raising over $300K for Ronald McDonald House Charities South Australia.
Starting at Broken Hill on Sunday, 19 November, the riders navigated through 1,000km of the most picturesque areas of Western NSW, VIC and SA over seven days to raise vital funds for the charity and its programs.
The riders arrived at Ronald McDonald House Adelaide on Saturday, 25 November, where they were greeted with an official finish line celebration.
Neil Lucas, McDonald’s licensee and RMHC Ride for Sick Kids South Australia Committee Chairperson said, “It was an honour to get back on the bike for this year’s ride. While the challenges we faced on the ride were at times difficult, knowing how much of an impact the donations raised will make on the lives of families assisted by RMHC made every kilometre worth it”.
By providing a home away from home, Ronald McDonald Houses allows families to stay close to their sick or injured children while they receive treatment at a nearby hospital.
Since 2000, Ronald McDonald House Adelaide has provided over 137,718 nights of accommodation.
There are now 16 Ronald McDonald Houses throughout Australia, which accommodate over 8,400 families annually.
As well as the Houses, children in South Australia are supported by the Ronald McDonald Learning Program which helps them catch up on missed schooling due to a serious illness.
Barbara Ryan, CEO Ronald McDonald House Charities said, “The situations families go through when their child is dealing with an illness can have a devastating effect on their lives. The money raised from the RMHC Ride for Sick Kids plays a crucial part in helping to provide a place where families can establish a home away from home, while they are going through such a difficult and stressful time. We’re very thankful to the riders who took part in this year’s SA ride and look forward to the next”.
Since the inaugural ride across South Australia in 2012, over 6,000 kilometres have been travelled and more than $1.2 million raised for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
South Australian’s are still able to show their support by donating to the cause at http://www.rmhcrideforsickkidssa.org.au/