Country communities in regional NSW are being celebrated for their contribution to the most successful Royal Far West ‘Ride for Country Kids.’

Children’s charity Royal Far West and cornerstone partner FDC Construction & Fitout, is thanking the communities of the NSW Mid North Coast for their support of the ride, which has raised over $500,000 for country kids, with donations still being accepted.
Royal Far West CEO Lindsay Cane said, “The Ride is built on the engagement and generous support of local communities, business owners, Councils and individuals. The fact that we have tripled the funds raised from last year’s Ride is testament to the commitment and investment from people who believe in our great cause.
“Whether it was supporting the event logistics or providing a welcome pit stop for our riders on the road, every contribution has helped us to achieve this record fundraising amount.”

Alongside the ride’s key sponsors, a number of local organisations supported the Ride through providing transport, food and donations as well as prizes for fundraising.

In particular, Royal Far West acknowledges ANZ and their Regional Executive-Wayne Edwards, John Rafferty and C.ex Coffs, Geoff King and Geoff King Motors Pty Ltd, Paul Newcombe and Newcombe Coach Lines, the Rotary Club of Macksville, The Federation of Community and Sporting Workers Clubs Inc, Seabreeze Beach Hotel South West Rocks, Macksville Ex Services Club, Quality Inn Coffs Harbour, The Big Banana Fun Park Coffs Harbour and Bonville International Golf Club.
Royal Far West also acknowledges and thanks the wonderful Bowraville Central and Medlow Public Schools for their warm hospitality, enthusiasm and wonderful support of the riders. A special thanks goes to the nine massage therapists who provided much reprieve for riders at the end of their tiring days.

CEO of C.ex Group John Rafferty said, “The Charity Ride to support Royal Far West was a wonderful experience, riding through a number of communities and beautiful countryside with great people who were doing it for the kids. The organisation of the Ride could not be faulted and I have nothing but admiration for everyone involved and the funds raised, to ensure that Royal Far West can continue their great work. We will definitely be involved again next year!”

Over 100 Riders travelled 380km from Port Macquarie to Coffs Harbour from 28 February to 1 March 2016, raising much needed funds to support the health and wellbeing of country kids.
The Ride for Country Kids is an annual charity cycling event, which is currently in its third year.

Donations to the Ride are still being accepted at http://rideforcountrykids2016.gofundraise.com.au