The Ride for Sick Kids puts the fun into fundraising yesterday.
The Ride for Sick Kids puts the fun into fundraising yesterday. Rob Wright

Pedals to metal in charity ride

FLYING down Red Hill at almost 70kmh, these big-hearted cyclists are raising more than just their heart rates this week.

The 26-strong pack hopes to add $250,000 to $1.8 million raised over eight years of the Hadley Cycles Ride for Sick Kids.

Starting out from Grafton yesterday, the riders stopped over at the Glenreagh and Upper Orara public schools where they gave away a few bikes and spoke to students about the ride, bike safety and the work of the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

"It's amazing work really, just so inspiring when you see what some young kids have endured so early in their lifetimes," Coffs Harbour McDonald's licensee Dave Munro said.

"It is particularly moving for me being a father myself and you just can't imagine what it would be like to be in their parents' position particularly if it wasn't for the Ronald McDonald Charities."

After the opening 90km cycle from Grafton yesterday, the riders today face a 159km stage to Port Macquarie.

Last night they swapped the lycra for the dinner suits and attended a fundraising cocktail dinner at Bellbowrie European Motors.

By the time they reach Newcastle on Saturday they will have completed 560km.

"We do have a yellow jersey for the ride, it's not for the leading rider though it's for the rider who does something special and makes a difference in the life of someone else," said Ross Bingham, CEO of Ronald McDonald House Newcastle and Tamworth.

Donations can be made through McDonald's.



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