Royal Far West is excitedly preparing for its upcoming premium fundraising event of the year, the Ride for Country Kids, in May.
The children's charity is keen to spread awareness of this amazing event to local communities and businesses from Dubbo to Cobar, as well as spread the word to cyclists who may be interested to join this fabulous outback adventure while giving back to those in need.
The ride's purpose is to raise funds to support more of the 100,000-plus country children with developmental and health needs who cannot access the support they need because of where they live.
Since the ride's inception six years ago, more than $2.5 million has been raised by sponsors, supporters and 350 dedicated riders who have pedalled more than 3000 kilometres for the cause.
This year the charity has set a fundraising target of $600,000.
All funds raised from the riders, sponsors and supporters through the ride go to support country kids.
The 2020 ride starts in Dubbo on Sunday, May 24, then winds through Narromine and Nyngan with a triumphant finish some 450km later on Tuesday, May 26, in Royal Far West's spiritual home town of Cobar.
The route was chosen due to the many close relationships and connections Royal Far West has with the region - children and families, primary schools, community groups, local branch members as well as the organisation's founding history in Cobar.
"I've been on the past three rides," Royal Far West clinical psychology team leader Lucy Morrison said.
"They are really special events because you're able to see first-hand where your fundraising is going.
"You get to meet the kids in their schools and talk with local families and communities.
"As a psychologist it's really motivating, and as a keen cyclist it's a fantastic experience.
"Each year it's a challenging route, but very well organised and supported.
"There's plenty of pre-event training opportunities to maximise our fitness, and everyone feels very welcome and part of the team.
"The highlights for me have been the stunning outback scenery and the school visits."
Times are tough for many country people and their communities.
The ride will give back to those communities by staying in local accommodation, enjoying meals and experiences in the towns and promoting Royal Far West's experiences to a broad audience.
Registrations are now open for individuals or teams to take part. For all of the details, visit www.rideforcountrykids.com.au.
The Ride is a fantastic opportunity for businesses to engage staff, support their country communities, and demonstrate corporate social responsibility.
To find out more about the value this ride can add to your business, email email@example.com or contact Anna Bowden on 0401 001 140.
Join Royal Far West to give hope to country kids. To register, donate or support, visit www.rideforcountrykids.com.au
- Australian Community Media is a media partner with Royal Far West.