Children’s charity Royal Far West is thrilled to announce that Prime7’s Presenter and Reporter Daniel Gibson has signed on as Ride for Country Kids 2021 Ambassador, joining 80 dedicated cyclists as they ride and raise funds for children who live in rural and remote communities.
Starting on Sunday 2 May in Dubbo, the riders will cycle 400+km, calling in on Narromine, Warren and Nyngan, and finishing on Tuesday 4 May in Cobar.
This is Daniel’s third Ride. He says, “It’s a great event. My favourite aspect is seeing the kids and communities as we roll into each town, meeting their families and hearing their stories.
“This helps me to really understand the difference the charity makes to their lives, which makes me even more determined to help Royal Far West support country kids to get the help they deserve, regardless of where they live,” Daniel explains.
In the last year, Royal Far West has seen a significant increase in the demand for its services.
Currently 156 children from rural and remote NSW are waiting to access the charity’s Paediatric Developmental Program (PDP). The program is designed for children with complex developmental and mental health challenges to stay for a week with their family at Royal Far West in Manly, NSW. Each child will have access to a multidisciplinary team that includes a Child Psychiatrist, Psychologist, Speech Pathologist, Occupational Therapist. Social Worker, Oral Health Services and Dietician, who all collaborate on each child’s assessment, and pathway forward. The charity relies on funds raised from events such as the Ride to help fund this program.
Raising $450,000 will help fund all 156 places on the PDP waitlist.
Royal Far West’s CEO Lindsay Cane AM says, “We’re thrilled to have Daniel join our team again this year to raise funds and awareness of the inequity country kids and families face in being able to access developmental and mental health services.
“Being hit with drought, bushfires, COVID-19 and floods, country areas are doing it tougher than ever, and more families and communities are needing our help.
“All funds raised will support the developmental and mental health of children and their families in rural and remote communities”, Ms Cane says.
Support Daniel to raise funds for country kids.
And if you live in or are visiting Dubbo, Narromine, Warren, Nyngan or Cobar from 2-4 May, come along and say hi. Check our Facebook Events page for times and places.