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

Get to know the Royal Far West team members who are going the extra mile to support country kids.

Royal Far West (RFW) is thrilled to share that two of our very own staff members, Chris and Harry, are gearing up to join the upcoming Ride for Country Kids!

Chris Anderson, a Social Worker and Multidisciplinary Team Leader for RFW’s Community Recovery Services, along with Harry Hawthorne, a Facilities Assistant at the RFW Centre for Country Kids in Manly, are excited to be joining the team of riders taking on this year’s event.

Both Chris and Harry are returning riders, and are eager to hit the road again in support of country children. They’re geared up and ready to make a difference!

Chris says seeing firsthand the difference our service makes is what inspired him to get involved in the event. He shared, “There’s a big gap in country areas for timely access to paediatric health clinicians for assessment and therapy. Hopefully I can help play my part to close this gap.”

“Over the last four years I have been working on RFW’s Community Recovery Program which has been supporting many schools and preschools in the Bega Valley Shire that have been impacted by multiple disasters. The ride will be going past several of these schools and preschools where I have shared many special memories with the kids and teachers. I can’t wait to be riding the roads of the picturesque south coast, raising money to support country kids and families access the health services they may need.”

Similarly, Harry was motivated to get involved for the same reasons. He witnesses the importance of our services every day, whether it’s through the impact on families visiting our Centre for Country Kids or the community at large.

He shared, “As an employee I see first-hand how important our services are. We can’t achieve this without these sorts of events.”

He also spoke of his excitement to be a part of the 10th anniversary of the event.

“I loved riding so much last year and had to get involved again – especially as it’s now the 10th Annual ride and 100 years of RFW.”

Supporting country children isn’t just a job for Harry; it’s a family tradition. With multiple generations of his family all part of our incredible team.

“I have a very strong family connection to RFW. My grandfather Col worked here for over 20 years and my uncle Stu for 10 years. My dad Daz/Daryl has worked here for over 40 years – he even met my mum Angela here! I have worked alongside my dad in the facilities team at RFW for almost five years now, and my brother Tom also does casual work here.”

As they gear up for the 330km ride from coast to country, both Chris and Harry are buzzing with excitement, and feeling way more prepared than they did for their first ride. With just a few weeks left of training, they’re almost set to conquer the miles ahead!

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To sponsor a rider or to donate, visit Ride for Country Kids

Sponsor Chris Anderson here

Sponsor Harry Hawthorne here