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Ride for Country Kids

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The ride of a lifetime.

Each year, cyclists head out on a three-day ride across regional NSW as part of Royal Far West’s Ride for Country Kids (RFCK). The annual event raises vital funds and awareness for developmental, behavioural and mental health services, to help transform the lives of Australia’s country children. Since its inception over a decade ago the Ride has raised over $3.5 million.

This year’s Ride is set to be an incredible event, as it celebrates 100 years of Royal Far West. The event route will take riders on an outback heritage journey through far west NSW, visiting key locations significant to both Royal Far West’s history and future.

The Ride will start in Bourke, one of the homes to our first innovative Travelling and Aerial Baby Clinic, before journeying to our founder Reverend Stanley Drummond’s hometown of Cobar, onwards to Nyngan a town in our heartlands that we have and continue to support and will finish in Narromine where we piloted our first Telehealth program.

Join us in 2025 and ride to transform the lives of Australia’s country kids!

Why we ride

Every Australian child deserves the right to access quality health, education and development services, but sadly country children and families face disadvantage of distance and a lack of available services. Currently, children in regional and remote Australia are waiting up to six years to see a paediatrician or being told there are no services at all. 

This coupled with compounding natural disasters such as bushfires and floods has seen the number of country kids in need of developmental and mental health services drastically increase.  

In May 2025, we’ll be riding to connect even more country kids with the critical developmental assessments, services and support they need to thrive. 

We need your help to raise funds and give these children the best start in life. 

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Highlights from the 2024 Ride for Country Kids on the Sapphire Coast

Our 10th Ride for Country Kids was an incredible success, with 50 dedicated riders covering over 330km and raising over $380,000 to support country children.

The event route took riders from coast to country through the amazing scenery and wonderful communities of the Sapphire Coast, starting in Merimbula, and visiting Eden, Wyndham, Bega, and Tathra before finishing in Cobargo.

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My Mum is from country NSW, so I know firsthand what it is like for families and children in those areas to get help that they need. To be able to support Royal Far West in doing that great work, it’s an inspiration.

Patrick Murphy
Regional Director, Multiplex

Our previous Ride routes

We’ve travelled nearly 5,000km throughout NSW and visited some spectacular country towns over the last ten years.

Each Ride for Country Kids brings new places, new faces and new experiences that bring riders back time and time again.

Here's where we’ve pedalled so far
  • 2024: Merimbula to Cobargo
  • 2023: Cooma to Lake Hume Village
  • 2022: Tamworth to Glen Innes
  • 2021: Dubbo to Cobar
  • 2019: Albury to Lake Cargelligo
  • 2018: Lightning Ridge to Bourke
  • 2017: Wagga Wagga to Orange
  • 2016: Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour
  • 2015: Moree to Tamworth
  • 2014: Dubbo to Wagga Wagga

Find out more about the Ride for Country Kids 2025

If you’d like to join us for our upcoming Ride, please complete the form to express your interest and receive further information.  
Ride dates:
  • Thursday 15th May
  • Friday 16th May
  • Saturday 17th May

 

Please reserve the following dates: 14-18 May 2025

We also welcome enquiries regarding partner and sponsorship opportunities.

Please call 1800 961 001 or email us at corporatepartnerships@royalfarwest.org.au to find out more.

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Royal Far West Celebrates its 10th Ride for Country Kids on the Sapphire Coast

Meet the Riders: Graeme joins the Ride for Country Kids

Meet the team: Chris & Harry join the Ride for Country Kids