A cycle ride for sick kids

A DEDICATED bunch of bike riders will be the toast of Coffs Harbour when they stop in the city tomorrow.

The team of dads, and one woman, leaves Ballina today on a gruelling 750km bicycle ride to Newcastle, with the aim of raising $100,000 for Ronald McDonald House in the Hunter.

The second annual Hadley Cycles Ride for Sick Kids charity bike ride will involve more than 20 riders participating in various legs of the journey, which ends on Sunday.

They arrive at McDonald's (north) in Coffs Harbour at 1pm tomorrow and they're hoping large crowds will be there to greet them and support their cause.

They will compete in a hill climb up Bruxner Park Road at 3pm, and after a well-earned night's rest, will be the special guests at a fundraising breakfast at Pacific Bay Resort on Wednesday.

The breakfast starts at 7.30am and tickets, which are $30 each, will be available at the McDonald's store.

Organisers will set aside $10 from each ticket to go to the charity ride.

Since 1991, Ronald McDonald House in the Hunter has provided a home away from home for more than 4800 families of seriously ill children, including some from Coffs Harbour.

"The ride gives us the chance to spread the word about the wonderful work at Ronald McDonald House and to raise the much-needed funds to support their ongoing operation," McDonald's Coffs Harbour owner/operator, Chris Simpson, said.

"Ronald McDonald House in the Hunter provides helps families to stay together as a unit to support the sick child, with doctors agreeing that children tend to respond better to treatment if their family is nearby."

You can make a donation by contacting 4985 5683.

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