Cyclists raise $147,000 for Ronald McDonald House

RIDE: The 18 riders pictured at the start of their race.
RIDE: The 18 riders pictured at the start of their race.

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Northern New South Wales (NNSW) has announced that a determined team of 18 cyclists have raised more than $147,000 for this year's Ride for Sick Kids Northern New South Wales (RFSK NNSW).

Earlier this month, the cyclists peddled 535km through the picturesque New England North West region in an effort to raise vital funds for families with seriously sick and injured children.

SPOTTED: The cyclists pictured at the Singleton McDonald's on Friday, September 13.

SPOTTED: The cyclists pictured at the Singleton McDonald's on Friday, September 13.

Starting their journey in Inverell on Tuesday, September 10 the group traveled through Armidale, Tamworth, Scone and Singleton, stopping to meet with local residents and school children, before crossing the finish line at John Hunter Children's Hospital in Newcastle on Saturday, September 14.

The fundraising figure is expected to rise following the completion of the Ride for Sick Kids NNSW Community Ride at the end of the month, an initiative that invites residents to use their two wheels and decide two goals - how many kilometres they want to ride and how much money they want to raise.

Since the inaugural bike ride across Northern NSW in 2005, more than 8,000 kilometers have been travelled, raising vital funds for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

MISSION ACCOMLISHED: The team pictured on the finish line.

MISSION ACCOMLISHED: The team pictured on the finish line.

Ronald McDonald Houses provide a 'home away from home' for families, allowing them to stay close to their sick or injured child while they receive treatment in nearby hospitals.

Last year, RMHC NNSW provided more than 7,750 nights of accommodation to over 770 families from regional areas.

RHMC Northern NSW would like to say a big thank you to the local community for their support and donations.