Royal Far West (RFW) Staff Take on the Challenge!
RFW proudly announces the participation of its staff members, Emma & Lucy, in the upcoming Ride for Country Kids, showcasing their commitment to supporting the health and wellbeing of children in rural areas.
Emma Robinson, a Speech Pathologist from Sydney’s northern beaches, and Lucy Morrison, head of the Schools and Early Years Service, both based at RFW’s Centre for Country Kids in Manly, will be at the front of the pack when the ride starts next March.
Emma Robinson said “Through my work with country kids, I see how important it is that these kids have access to critical assessments, services, and support to thrive. Often there are no other services available to these kids locally and without our services they would not be able to get the support they need to participate at school, make friends and learn. I’ve chosen to sign up for this year’s Ride for Country Kids to help raise awareness about the needs of our country kids and raise funds so that RFW can continue to support them.
But that’s not the only reason I’m taking part in the ride. I was looking for a challenge to push myself and increase my fitness and cycling skills. The Ride for Country Kids is an amazing opportunity to ride in some of the most scenic countryside and visit the wonderful communities and children that RFW supports. I know the training is going to be tough, but I can’t wait to ride through the south coast and meet some of our country kids and their families.
Lucy Morrison said “I’ve been with Royal Far West for 8 years now, and this will be my fifth time taking part in the Ride. I took a break the last couple year to have a baby, but I’m delighted to be back in the saddle. I must admit it’s a bit trickier these days to find the time to train so I’m focusing on shorter rides on the indoor trainer and hill repeats.
Although it’s been tough, I’m starting to feel the benefits of training already and through my clinical work, seeing first-hand the difficulties faced by country families accessing health care and the impact delays have on kids is my motivation to make it work. Getting support at the right time is truly life-changing for kids and their families and I’m determined to ride my hardest to help put that spotlight back on the needs of country kids”.
The Ride for Country Kids raises vital funds and awareness for health and developmental services in rural and remote communities and helps transform the lives of Australia’s country kids. Jacqueline Emery, RFW CEO, stresses the challenges faced by rural families in accessing healthcare and the increasing demand for developmental and mental health services.
Jacqueline Emery, RFW CEO, says “Recognising your child is struggling and needs extra developmental support is the first step, however, for rural families it is only the start of a long and difficult battle – these kids have the compounded misfortunes of less access to allied health care, larger distances to travel to get help and waiting lists that extend into years. This means RFW has seen the number of country kids in need of developmental and mental health services drastically increase.”
“The Ride for Country Kids is a brilliant way for us to connect with the communities impacted by climate-related disasters. The riders get to see for themselves the impact RFW makes in rural communities. They do an amazing job in helping us raise awareness and much-needed funds to help provide the important services to communities who need it most”, says Ms Emery.
While the Ride for Country Kids has raised over $3.5M for kids and their families over the past decade, there’s still time to sign up or donate to this meaningful cause. All funds raised will contribute to RFW’s work in connecting country kids with complex developmental and mental health needs to critical assessments, services, and support.