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2018 RIDE FOR SICK KIDS RIDER PROFILES

A big thank you to all our dedicated riders for joining this year's Ride for Sick Kids.  Because of you we can help keep families close when they need it most.

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ROAD RIDER - ross bingham
Ronald McDonald house, nnsw
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I love that we ride through the towns that people live in that use our Ronald McDonald Houses, Family Rooms, Retreats and Learning Program. The camaraderie of the team of riders and support crew is something that you don’t experience anywhere else. The money that we raise is significant and makes a huge difference to our programs and what we can do for children and their families. It forces me to stay fit through winter! I love it.

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ROAD RIDER - BILL COX
RETIRED SCHOOL TEACHER

I have ridden every Ride For Sick Kids since it began in 2005. I was invited at the beginning to share my knowledge of cycling with an inexperienced group as I have been a competitive cyclist for over 50 years. Because I have family who had used Ronald McDonald House when their child was ill, I didn't hesitate to get involved. It is a privilege to be able to combine my passion for cycling with being able to raise funds for this great cause.  I enjoy the company of a wonderful group of people each year who share this common goal. I hope to be able to continue for as long as the Ride for Sick Kids happens.

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road rider - Nicholas lao
Aryzta, plant operations manager

This is my third year to Ride for Sick Kids. When I was exposed to what families with sick or injured children go through I decided I wanted to help and raise as much as I can to support the great work Ronald McDonald House do.  In preparation for the ride I've been cycling 10 kilometres to work and doing regular loops of the M7. The Ride for Sick Kids is a tough ride, more than 100 kilometres a day, but knowing I'm doing it for a good cause gets me through. 

ROAD RIDER - TIMOTHY RAAF
MCDONALD'S AUSTRALIA, FINANCE DIRECTOR

I'm a keen - some say obsessed - rider who commutes to work every day on one of my collection of bikes. I ride multiple disciplines - road, gravel, MTB, single speed, cyclocross. My greatest cycling experience would probably be the opportunity to ride some of the iconic HC climbs from the Tour de France in 2016. Ronald McDonald House Charities is something I'm extremely passionate about supporting and I hope to make a valuable contribution to through the Ride for Sick Kids 2018.

 

ROAD RIDER - IVOR THOMAS
RAY WHITE MANNING VALLEY

This is my first year to Ride for Sick Kids.  I was born in the Blue Mountains NSW, and relocated to Wingham on the Mid North Coast of NSW as a child, completing schooling within Wingham and Taree. After completing school I moved to Sydney with a dream to open the bowling for Australia. My wife Nicolie and I have 3 beautiful children, Harry, William and Lara. I'm passionate about making a positive impact in the world through health and wellness with a mission to impact the lives of 1000 Dad's by 2020.

 

ROAD RIDER - NATHAN CHISWELL
mnc CARDIAC SERVICES

I have been cycling for 8 years at a competitive level after finding a sport that suits family life. A friend introduced me to the Ride for Sick Kids and encouraged me to help out and I have been 100% committed ever since. With three healthy kids, I can not image the pain families go through so this is my way of feeling the pain for them. It's the reason why I keep coming back to ride each year.

road rider - peter haydon
aurizon, train driver

I am a keen cyclist who wants to make a difference for sick kids who need the assistance of Ronald McDonald House. I have lived in Newcastle since 1980 and currently reside in Charlestown with my wife and two dogs. 

 

ROAD RIDER - BRETT HADLEY
Hadley CYCLES

I had my first race at age 9, and haven’t stopped. I enjoy racing, riding in general, and assisting new riders to understand technique and bunch craft. I keep coming back year after year knowing that we make a difference. We meet with families whose lives have been turned upside down and hear their stories first hand, how Ronald McDonald House kept them together as a family unit, helped to take a lot of the cost and stress out of a bad situation, by providing the families a home away from home! When the first Ride started 14 years ago, I had not had children at that point. I am now the father of two happy, healthy kids and the Ride has taken on another dimension.

ROAD RIDER - RICHARD HUNT
FIRST NATIONAL, yAMBA

I like cycling and have really got into it since I moved to Australia three years ago. Good weather on tap helps this…  I guess you could describe me now as a ‘fairweather’ cyclist, although I will not be put off if it is raining on our ride from Grafton to Newcastle. I probably cycle
250-300 km a week with the local cycle group.

 

ROAD RIDER - ANDREW TWEEDIE
INGHAM'S ENTERPRISES, PLAN MANAGER

This will be my 6th year on the Ride For Sick Kids and you can see the difference that Ronald McDonald House Charities makes to sick children and their families. As a supplier to McDonald’s we have been involved with RMHC for many years

road rider - rob Hadley
retired cycle shop owner

An avid cyclist - 4 times World Masters Games Cycling Champion, 19 times Australian Cycling Champion, Multiple NSW Champion and have been racing local, National and International for 52 years,  I come back every year because I can see the funds raised being used to grow and run Ronald McDonald House in the Hunter and there is a wonderful atmosphere and complete professionalism surrounding the organisation of the Ride. I have listened to many cheerful stories from parents of sick kids and, unfortunately, I have heard the heartbreaking stories as well. Ronald McDonald House does a wonderful job of making life easier for these families of sick kids and I am proud to be a supporter.