Local Manly based charity, Royal Far West (RFW) has just opened registrations for its annual Ride for Country Kids taking place next March. It is already shaping up to the most epic Ride yet!

The “Coast to Country” route is very fitting with a backdrop of stunning NSW scenery and connecting with some amazingly resilient communities.  The organisers have some very special experiences in store, so the 2024 Ride is guaranteed to deliver the 2024 cohort of cyclists a ride of a lifetime.

The Ride for Country Kids raises vital funds and awareness for health and developmental services in rural and remote communities and help transform the lives of Australia’s country kids.

 

Jacqueline Emery, RFW CEO, says the Ride aims to raise $600,000 to support services in the regions that need it most. She explains…

“Children in rural communities have it tough – they have to contend with the multiple disadvantages of less access to allied health care, larger disasters 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”.

RFW is looking cycling enthusiasts of all levels and experiences to join its 2024 ride.

Ms Emery said “With five months until the Ride, there’s plenty of time to get yourself ready to take on this incredible challenge”.

RFW will be holding an information session to share all the details and all interested riders should visit its website to register interest.

All funds raised from the Ride for Country Kids will go towards RFW’s work in connecting country kids with complex, undiagnosed developmental and mental health needs to the 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.

To learn more, join the ride or donate to the event, visit www.rideforcountrykids.com.au 

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