Cycle of Inspiration
Country communities are being celebrated for their amazing contributions to Royal Far West’s Ride for Country Kids 2018 event, where 61 riders from around Australia cycled 500km from Lightning Ridge to Bourke to raise much needed funds to support country children. The Ride has already raised more than its $500,000 fundraising target, with donations still coming in to support more country children.
Children living in rural and remote communities are up to five times more likely than those in urban areas to have challenges with their developmental health, and every dollar from the rider fundraising target goes towards specialist health services which are not currently accessible to these children and their families, including Royal Far West’s Paediatric Developmental Program and Telecare for Kids services.
The Butler family is one of these families. Belinda and Rhett and their children, 14-year-old Michael and 11-year-old Victoria, live on a farm in the Lightning Ridge region.
Belinda says, “Our son Michael showed signs of learning difficulties at an early age, and the services he needed were not available locally. Connecting with Royal Far West 10 years ago was a godsend for our family… it was the only way we were realistically going to get help.
“Over the years our children have accessed both the Paediatric Developmental Program in Manly and the Telecare service, and have come ahead in leaps and bounds.
“With Telecare, children can access their therapist in Manly via a computer in their school or home, so support is just a keystroke away, rather than hours of driving to appointments. It’s been life-changing for us – our children are thriving and we don’t feel so isolated.”
Along this year’s Ride for Country Kids journey, the riders were privileged to visit small and isolated towns where local children, families and communities welcomed the cyclists, many sharing their fond, long-term histories of this iconic charity.
In addition, local teachers and parents, grown-up Royal Far West clients, local government, business and community members and media were all incredibly supportive and generous towards the Ride.
Royal Far West’s CEO Lindsay Cane says, “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit shown to us, particularly considering the ongoing drought and hard times that our rural friends are going through. We are grateful to each and every one of you.
“Bringing the Ride to these towns is one of the ways that we can give back, show our support and be more involved on a community level. It is marvellous to see the amount of goodwill when it comes to both city and country working together to make things happen for our kids.”
Donations to the Ride are still being accepted at https://rideforcountrykids2018.gofundraise.com.au/page/RFWworkerbees
The Ride would not be possible without the support of Principal and Founding Partner FDC Construction & Fitout.
Long-time supporter and rider Rob Wearn explains why he rides for country kids: https://business.facebook.com/RoyalFarWest/videos/1458816450896904/
For further information, interview or image requests, please contact Deb Gibbons on 0413 554 834 or at email@example.com
About the Ride
Royal Far West’s Ride for Country Kids is an annual cycling challenge for anyone with a passion for cycling and a desire to give something back to country kids and communities through participation in a charity fundraiser. All funds raised through the Ride supports country children.