Bikers pedal in to help sick kids

STUDENTS at Karangi Public School gave the 'Ride for Sick Kids' a hero's welcome yesterday, as participants rode into town on their way to Newcastle.

The ride, which is a week-long journey from Inverell to Newcastle to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House in the Hunter, made its stop in Coffs Harbour yesterday on day three, with a special visit to Karangi Public.

Kids shouted encouragement and waved streamers as the pack pedalled in to sit down and talk to them about the cause.

Ronald McDonald House chief executive officer for Newcastle and Tamworth, Ross Bingham, said it had been a good trip so far and that visiting the schools was a highlight.

“It was a really hard ride in, and when we arrived the kids were lined up, cheering us on - it almost brings a tear to your eye. I heard one yell out 'You're the best!' It really does make it all worthwhile,” he said.

He said the team are looking to raise $150,000 by the time they reach the Hunter and are well on their way with a massive $118,000 already under their belt.



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