Country communities are being celebrated for their amazing contribution to Royal Far West’s Ride for Country Kids 2017 event.

One hundred Riders travelled 420km from Wagga Wagga to Orange from 12 to 14 March 2017, raising much needed funds to support country kids. So far the Ride has raised more than $600,000, with donations still coming in.

Royal Far West CEO Lindsay Cane says, “From the 7.30am start on the first morning to the finale fundraising dinner three days later, we knew the event was special, as so many local communities along the way put their hands up to support Royal Far West.

“Our Ride relies on the generous support of local communities, business owners, councils and individuals, and the increase in funding from last year’s Ride is testament to the commitment and investment from so many people who believe in our great cause, and we thank each and every one of them.”

In particular, Royal Far West wishes to acknowledge its key sponsors and partners FDC, Charles Sturt University, Clubs NSW, Orange Ex-Services’ Club and Prime7 Television.

Individuals who went above and beyond in donating the auction items which raised an incredible $30,000 included Nick Johnston, Wally Masur, Mike Tomalaris, John Rafferty, Damien Coates, Andy Vann, and Blake and Ben Cottle.

A highlight of the Ride was visiting local schools where the Riders met and chatted with many excited children. A big thanks to Greenethorpe School, St Edward’s Primary School at Canowindra, Young High School and Young Public School for their hospitality and generosity in opening their schools for the Riders and for their fundraising efforts.

Local media was, as always, incredibly supportive, with wonderful local journalists engaging with the ride teams and with parents and families who have been supported by Royal Far West, and giving amazing coverage of the event and of the work Royal Far West does via TV footage, radio interviews and newspaper and magazine articles.

Donations to the Ride are still being accepted at