Shepparton’s support ‘tremendous’
By Nadia Surace
VICTORIA’S first ever Ride for Sick Kids made its way through Shepparton last week making one of six overnight ride pit stops to raise funds and awareness for Ronald McDonald House.
The mix of seasoned and beginner road bike riders, all McDonald’s staff, had travelled around 600 kilometres on arrival last Wednesday before completing the seven-day Victorian tour on Saturday, arriving at Ronald McDonald House, Parkville, a further 200 kilometres later.
While in Shepparton the 30 riders joined sporting personalities Craig Hutchison, Peter Daicos, Terry Wallace and Nathan Thompson at a fundraising dinner co-ordinated by McDonald’s Shepparton Licensees, Doug and Karen Pearse.
“This will definitely be an annual event from now on,” ride co-coordinator, Sale McDonald’s Franchisee, Darren Cowell said.
“We hope that one day all of Australia’s states and territories will join their rides to make a joint national Ride for Sick Kids.
“The Victorian Ride will definitely be back in Shepparton next time round, we’ve received tremendous support from the local community. Doug and Karen have put in a stand-out effort to support our efforts.”
McDonald’s Shepparton General Manager, Brent Evans also took part in the ride.
“I did this because Ronald McDonald House is a great cause, myself having three kids, I guess you see the need to support those who need to support their kids,” Brent said.
“I’ll be in next year’s for sure.”
All funds generated will help Ronald McDonald Houses continue to provide a home-away-from-home for families with a seriously ill child undergoing treatment.
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