For eleven years, the Ronald McDonald House Northern NSW Ride for Sick Kids has been a strong, successful event that continues to push the boundaries of fundraising efforts. 2016 marks the 25th anniversary of Ronald McDonald House Newcastle and the ride has taken on a whole new dimension – one of celebration.
In 2005, Ross Bingham, Tony Baj and Phil Jobling created something amazing out of their personal inspiration and determination to see something great happen for the sick and injured children all over Northern NSW and thus, the Hadley Cycles ‘Fortunate Fathers’ Riding for Less Fortunate Kids’ Charity Bike Ride (fondly referred to as the ‘Ride for Sick Kids’) came into existence.
Since then, the Ride for Sick Kids has grown exponentially. Fundraising targets are consistently beaten, awareness is continually boosted through community involvement and support from sponsors has been overwhelming (in the best way possible). What started as a dream to three men has become an incredible reality for the entire community.
Every year the participating cyclists of owner/operators from major companies all over Australia have pushed themselves harder, pedaled faster and ridden greater distances to raise much-needed funds for Ronald McDonald Houses, Family Rooms and Family Retreats throughout Northern NSW.
Thanks to sponsors and donations, the 2015 Ride for Sick Kids increased the overall funds to an excess of $2.6 million!
2016 is a big year and the ride is coming up really soon – let’s make it the best one yet!