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Royal Far West is Ready to Ride for a Reason

The countdown is officially on for the Ride for Country Kids!

Our annual Ride for Country Kids is set to hit the Sapphire Coast from March 17-19.

The event – now celebrating its 10th anniversary – raises vital funds and awareness for health and developmental services in rural and remote communities, to help transform the lives of Australia’s country kids.

Each year, the Ride takes participants into the communities we support. This year’s route will see riders cover over 330km as they journey from coast to country through amazing scenery and wonderful communities, starting in Merimbula, and visiting Eden, Wyndham, Bega, and Tathra before finishing in Cobargo.

Our team of multidisciplinary clinicians have been working in primary schools and preschools across these communities, supporting thousands of children, parents and teachers within the region.

Cr Russell Fitzpatrick, Mayor of Bega Valley Shire Council said “It’s fantastic news that Royal Far West are bringing the Ride for Country Kids down to Merimbula…. This is a great opportunity for the local communities to get behind these cyclists and support their efforts in helping our country kids – Royal Far West were there for us when our kids needed them after the Black Summer fires – so let’s show them how we can put on a Sapphire Coast style welcome!”   

Jacqueline Emery, Royal Far West (RFW) CEO, says the Ride aims to raise $600,000 to support services in the regions that need it most.

“Children in rural communities have it tough – they have to contend with the multiple disadvantages of less access to allied health care, longer distances to travel to get help, waiting lists that extend into years – and then some of these kids have also been affected by countless natural disasters over the last few years. This means the impact of these disasters, coupled with the limited availability of services, has seen the number of country kids in need of developmental and mental health services drastically increase.”

“The Ride for Country Kids will get its team of riders out into the communities impacted by Bushfires to hear first-hand the impact RFW is making, but also helps us raise awareness and much-needed funds to help provide the important services to communities who need it most”, says Ms Emery.

“We know a child is twice as likely to be developmentally vulnerable if they grow up in a rural area and if developmental concerns are not picked up in time, then as a child goes through school, it can often lead to mental health issues – particularly anxiety and mood disorders.  If you can identify these issues as young as possible, then we have a much better chance of addressing them and that improves a child’s life trajectory”.

All funds raised from the Ride for Country Kids will go towards our work in connecting country kids with complex, undiagnosed developmental and mental health needs to critical assessments, services and support to help them thrive.

Since its inception 10 years ago, the Ride for Country Kids has raised over $3.5M for kids and their families.

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To donate or sponsor a rider, visit www.rideforcountrykids.com.au

The 2024 Ride

From 17 to 19 March, we’ll be pedalling through NSW South Coast.

Beginning in Merimbula and finishing in Cobargo we will ride from “Coast to Country”. Riders will enjoy breathtaking forests, farmland, beautiful coast line and little hamlets and national parks whilst meeting some of the wonderful communities Royal Far West serves.

The 2024 Ride is set to be an absolutely cracker, with amazing scenery, wonderful communities and a few little hills along the way.

The Route:

  • Day 1: Merimbula to Merimbula (circle) via Eden
  • Day 2: Merimbula to Merimbula (circle) via Bega
  • Day 3: Merimbula to Cobargo via Tath

 

To donate or sponsor a rider, visit www.rideforcountrykids.com.au

 

 

Photo credit – David Rogers Photography courtesy of Sapphire Coast Destination Marketing