On the bike for sick kids

SALE McDonalds licensee Darren Cowell will join a group of 30 riders to take on a testing 700km ride around Victoria.

They will be raising money for kids in need, with the second annual Ride for Sick Kids to begin in Sale on Saturday, August 25.

All funds raised will go towards the two Victorian Ronald McDonald Houses in Monash and Parkville and Kessia’s Cottage on the Bellarine Peninsula.

These houses provide a ‘home away from home’ for families when they need to travel to Melbourne with a seriously ill child undergoing treatment.

Mr Cowell said the seven day cycling event aimed to build on the efforts of last year’s program, which raised about $230,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities programs in Victoria.

“Last year’s ride was great, it went really well in a money sense,” he said.

“We raised $230,000 all up for Ronald McDonald House at Monash and Parkville down town.”

Mr Cowell said the group was aiming to raise $300,000 for this year’s ride.

“We have $300,000 in mind and we are fairly confident we can reach that target,” he said.

The 30 riders will begin their 700km ride from Sale en route to Traralgon on Saturday, August 25.

The ride will explore parts of Victoria, stopping in Traralgon, Warragul, Rosebud, Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo before finishing at Ronald McDonald House, Parkville, on Friday, August 31.

Mr Cowell said he was pleased this year’s ride would take in Gippsland after last year’s ride started in Geelong and took in Colac, Ballarat, Ararat, Bendigo and Shepparton before finishing at Parkville in Melbourne.

In an effort to raise funds throughout August, McDonald’s Victoria will donate 10 cents to the cause from every large McCafé coffee ordered from participating restaurants.

To find out more about the Victorian Ride for Sick Kids, make a donation, or follow the progress, visit the website www.rideforsickkids.com.au

For more read Friday’s Gippsland Times.