RIDE FOR SICK KIDS PEDALS INTO ITS 12th YEAR FEATURED Nelson Bay (Tomaree Peninsula areas) by News Of The Area - Modern Media - September 5, 2016September 5, 2016 2016 Ride for Sick Kids – Ronald McDonald House Northern NSW’s 12th Annual Ride for Sick Kids is taking off on the 6th of September and concludes at Ronald McDonald House Newcastle on 10th September 2016. This year around 20 cyclists will ride for 538 kilometres from Grafton to Newcastle, stopping in Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie, Forster, and Nelson Bay via Tea Gardens. The Ride for Sick Kids has operated every year since 2005 and in that time has raised $2.6 million benefitting the local Ronald McDonald Houses in Newcastle and Tamworth, as well as, the Family Room at Newcastle and Gosford and the Forster Family Retreat. This year, Ronald McDonald House Northern NSW hopes to raise over $200,000.00. Want your business advertised online with the News Of The Area? With 11,383 page-views over the last one month, you’ll reach your online audience & customers. Email us today for a quote: [email protected] McDonald’s licensees Dave Munro from Nambucca Heads, Coffs Harbour and Grafton as well as Craig Evans, from Taree will be keeping tradition and participating in the ride once more. “ The ride is a great opportunity to put a spotlight on the great work that Ronald McDonald House do helping local families from across our region. It’s wonderful to be associated with other people who have a desire to improve the lives of sick or injured children and their families,” said Dave Munro. Crag commented that “Over 680 local families used the services of Ronald McDonalds House last year, so its great that we can spread the word about the charity and its programmes through local communities along the way.” Riding with his colleagues is Ronald McDonald Northern NSW CEO Ross Bingham, who has been riding since the inception of the RFSK in 2005 and has subsequently been able to expand the programs Ronald McDonald House offers to families across northern NSW. The funds collected via the ride are vital to the survival of the Houses, family rooms and retreats. Every year the support for RFSK grows within the community and through sponsors like McDonald’s, First National Real Estate and Hadley Cycles. “The money that we raise is significant and makes a huge difference to our programs and what we can do for children and their families,” Mr. Bingham said. Local residents are encouraged to show their support by donating at http://rideforsickkids.org/. To find out more about Ronald McDonald House Charities, visit http://rmhc.org.au/.