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April 2012 | No.112
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By BEVERLY ZIMMERMAN RSJ
WE ARE ALL very familiar with
McDonalds and most of us have
heard of Ronald McDonald House
but I suspect very few of us know about
'Ride for Sick Kids'.
Established in 2005 by the CEO of Ronald
McDonald House, Ross Bingham, 'Ride
for Sick Kids', is a 500 kilometre bicycle
ride down the New England Highway to
Newcastle. At first it raised funds for Ronald
McDonald House in Newcastle but later, as
funds grew, for other houses in the northern
areas of the state.
With the support
Office, Bill Cox, a very able and keen cyclist
and a teacher at St Joseph's Campus, All
Saints College, Lochinvar, has taken part in
all seven rides.
That support and Bill's tremendous effort
were recognised when Ross Bingham
presented Director of Catholic Schools
Ray Collins with a special plaque of
acknowledgement and appreciation.
Mr Collins said, "Ross Bingham and his
associates are to be congratulated on
their wonderful initiative, 'Ride for Sick
Houses, as homes-away-from-home for
sick kids and their families, would not be
the special places they are without such
"The Catholic Schools Office is very happy
to support Bill in this worthwhile cause and,
on behalf of the whole school community, I
would like to thank him for his generosity
and congratulate him on his 3,500
kilometres. Well done Bill!"
Bill turns 61 this year and insists, "I will
keep riding for as long as I can because
I enjoy for the health benefits, as well as
the friendships and competition. I will be a
part of the Ride for Sick Kids while ever I
can in memory of my great nephew Damon,
who stayed at Ronald McDonald House
some years ago when he was suffering
with leukaemia. Damon has since died, but
the need for such a supportive place for
families to stay together remains."
The next Ride will be from Grafton to
Newcastle late in August this year.
Please visit www.rmhc.org.au or
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(l-r) Bill Cox, Ray Collins
and Ross Bingham.
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