2011 Four Referees to ride 1000km for charity

Ride For Rural Kids pedals hard for children’s charity

What do four rugby league referees and country music star, Lee Kernaghan, have in common?

They’re all proud Australians supporting the Ride for Rural Kids charity bicycle ride and the tremendous work done by Ronald McDonald House® Charities (RMHC®) to help seriously ill children and their families.

The Ride for Rural Kids is a major initiative organised by national agribusiness, Ruralco Holdings Limited. Ruralco is pleased to be aligned with Herds of Hope, a national fundraising initiative created by members of the Australian red meat industry, to support RMHC. The 7 day, 1000 kilometre bike ride through central west Queensland will begin in Toowoomba on Saturday, 22 October and finish in Emerald on 28 October.

Referees Ben Cummins, Gerard, Bernard and Chris Sutton will turn the pedals on their Merida team bikes and visit nine towns and host a range of activities along the route. Lee will attend a number of events with the team throughout the week and play two concerts, the first in Toowoomba to launch the ride and the second in Emerald to close the event. “We’ve had great support for the ride from many businesses in the Ruralco network, our supplier partners and service providers. Dow AgroSciences, Toyota, Queensland Country Life and Merida have contributed strongly to this event and we value their contribution and that of our other supporting partners,” said Cameron Beamish, Marketing & Communications Manager, Ruralco. Ruralco’s businesses are located throughout rural Australia and there’s a strong appreciation for the issues rural isolation can create.

A large percentage of families who use the services of Ronald McDonald Houses are from rural towns so Ruralco and its business network, including CRT’s Local Blokes and Grant Daniel & Long, have enthusiastically thrown their support behind this event. “We’re very conscious of how challenging it can be living in the bush and we’re only too pleased to be supporting the RMHC and the Herds of Hope. Ronald McDonald House Charities does so much for families with sick children who need to live away from home.

We all appreciate this wonderful resource and are proud to be involved with this event,” said Justin Garvie, Chairman, CRT National Member Council and principal of Miscamble Bros, CRT’s store in Roma.

The inaugural Ride for Rural Kids event in 2009 was run through central west New South Wales and raised $41,500 for disadvantaged children in rural and regional communities.

If you would like to support the Ride for Rural Kids and make a donation to Ronald McDonald House Charities please go to: http://www.rmhcfundraising.org.au/event/rideforruralkids


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