Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern NSW launches Ride for Sick Kids fundraiser

Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern NSW launches Ride for Sick Kids fundraiser

This September, Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern New South Wales (RMHC Northern NSW) is hosting its 18th annual Ride for Sick Kids (RFSK) event, raising vital funds for seriously ill or injured children and their families.

From Tuesday, 6 September to Saturday 10 September, a team of 25 riders will cycle over 500 kms from Inverell to Newcastle to raise $200,000 for RMHC Northern NSW, providing over 1,400 nights of accommodation for families in need. One such family is Avianna’s.

Avianna and her family have only been able to stay together while she undergoes vital treatment, due to the support of RMHC Northern NSW.

Having stayed in Ronald McDonald House since April of this year, Avianna’s mum Nikki said Ronald McDonald House is a lifeline for families like hers, who live in remote communities.

“As a family, you’re experiencing the worst time of your life – consistently scared of the outcome when leaving hospital each day,” Nikki said.

“However, to know we can still remain together as a family by using Ronald McDonald House means the world for us and Avianna.”

RMHC is 100 per cent community owned and relies on the generosity of the local community to continue to support families from across the Northern NSW region.

CEO for RMHC Northern NSW, Ross Bingham said he is excited for the annual event.

“We are very excited to be welcoming back our annual Ride for Sick Kids event, in its physical format following two years of virtual rides,” Ross said.

“Each year we support over 6,000 families from across the region, so we are calling on the Northern New South Wales community get involved to help raise the vital funds needed for children like Avianna.”


IMAGE | Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern New South Wales is hosting its 18th annual Ride for Sick Kids event.

Ronald McDonald House

Ronald McDonald House Newcastle, located in a peaceful bushland setting on the grounds of the John Hunter Children's Hospital, provides a 'home away from home' to families of children receiving hospital treatment for serious and life threatening conditions - whether from disease, injury or a congenital condition. We strive to provide an atmosphere where the familiar routines of home life can continue as much as possible through stressful and difficult times.  

Since opening the doors in 1991, close to 1000 families call us home each year in our 12 comfortably furnished family bedrooms and 6 self contained units. Communal areas of the House are as much about sharing journeys as they are about sharing facilities, with families, staff and volunteers providing a caring and supportive environment. We are grateful for the continued support and goodwill of the wider community that ensures the House continues to make it possible for families to stay together at a time when they need each other the most.

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