Showers did little to dampen the enthusiasm of riders participating in the final leg of this year's Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) Northern NSW Ride for Sick Kids event on Friday, September 11.
The major fundraiser was forced to take a different track this year due to COVID-19 restrictions with fewer riders and a changed format.
The team would normally cycle from Grafton to Newcastle, but this year 20 riders tackled the same distance in five individual day rides, including the Taree-Forster run.
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Ronald McDonald House Charities northern NSW CEO, Ross Bingham said the aim of the ride was to raise $100,000 for RMHC to continue supporting families with a injured or ill children through the Forster Family Retreat and Ronald McDonald House at John Hunter Hospital.
"With COVID impacting our ability to fundraise this year we are so grateful for all the support we receive from the community, whether it's taking part in the rides, making a donation on McHappy Day or supporting RMHC in other ways," he said.
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Coffs Harbour rider, Nathan Chiswell, who was taking part in his 11th ride, was introduced to the ride by organiser/wife, Gretel and a friend who owned several McDonald's franchises along the Mid North Coast.
"I love it and look forward to it every year," Nathan said.
Cardiac technician, Pete Hodgson from east Maitland took time off work to participate in his first ride.
"I've done similar rides and wanted to do this ride."
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