The team arrived back at Ronald McDonald House on Sat 25 Nov, 2017 after riding over 1,oookm’s from Broken Hill to Adelaide. Well done team! Next year we have a stunning course ahead, starting in Port Lincoln with an out and back loop to return to town and celebrate with the Port Lincoln community. We will also be riding down the York Peninsula for the very first time! Dates: Sunday 18th Nov – Saturday 24th Nov 2018.
If you would like to be part of the 2018 edition of this amazing experience please click on this link to download our 2018 Expression of Interest form, complete the form and email it back to us. Make sure you get in fast as we expect the event to fill up fast!
Meet our new Team Ambassador – Noah Hallam
“Our beautiful little boy Noah was born at 37 weeks in September 2014 and was diagnosed with Hydrocephalus (fluid on the brain).
At around 5 months Noah’s head started to change shape and he was very unsettled and could not keep his bottles down and his weight was well below average. After many doctors’ appointments he was finally assessed at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Adelaide.
His diagnosis was Multiple Craniosynostosis (fusion of the skull) which meant that his brain didn’t have room to grow properly and required urgent intervention. At 7 months Noah underwent major surgery to reconstruct his entire skull, and since then has had another 6 surgeries, and finally had a shunt placed in his head to drain fluid from his brain. Recently we found out that he has another condition that needs to be addressed so in November he will undergo more extensive surgery to another part of his brain.
We live in Whyalla and have had to make monthly trips to Adelaide for Noah’s appointments and treatment. For the past 2 years we have been incredibly lucky to be accommodated and supported by Ronald Mcdonald House, sometimes for weeks at a time. The incredible staff always welcome us with open arms, and are so supportive and caring – it’s such a credit to them. Ronnie Mac House has been our safe haven, providing wonderful accommodation, amazing staff and volunteers that are always there to offer a hug, a coffee or a shoulder to cry on when we really needed it.
As he House is just a short walk to the hospital, we feel like we are coming “home’ after a day of appointments to a relaxing comfort filled environment, to spend time with other families who are in similar situations. Thanks to Ronnie Mac we have met many wonderful friends who have become our family. This incredible organisation has been our life line and helped us and all of the other families enormously, for this we are so very grateful.
Thank you for supporting the RMHC Ride For Sick Kids, which will support many more families just like ours. Our family is super excited that my husband, Steve is participating this year. It’s such a wonderful way to give back and we couldn’t be more proud.”
The 2017 RMHC Ride for Sick Kids SA event was held Sunday November 19 – Saturday November 25 2017
The 2017 RMHC Ride for Sick Kids SA event started in Broken Hill and made its way back to Adelaide. Many families who use Ronald McDonald House Adelaide come from this region so it was important that we visited them for the very first time. The team set off on Sunday 19 Nov and rode over 1,000km’s arriving at Ronald McDonald House in Adelaide 7 days later on Saturday 25 Nov.
Over $300,000 raised!
We are thrilled to announce the 2017 RMHC Ride for Sick Kids SA raised over $300,000 for Ronald McDonald House Adelaide!
Over 21 determined riders completed our sixth annual RMHC Ride for Sick Kids SA, riding from Broken Hill to Adelaide to ride 1,000 in 7 days. They were joined by a team of 2 day riders who also completed a section of the ride.
Since the inaugural ride across South Australia in 2012, over 6,000 kilometers have been travelled and more than $1.2 million raised for Ronald McDonald House Adelaide.
The money raised from the Ride for Sick Kids plays a crucial part in helping to provide a place where families can establish a home away from home, while they go through a difficult and stressful time with a child who is sick or injured.
We’re so thankful to the riders and support crew who took part in this year’s ride and look forward to the next!
A huge thanks to everyone who donated – every bit counts, and together, you’ve made a huge difference to families in need.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank our corporate partners who supported this event - McDonald’s SA Owner/Operators, First National Real Estate, ElectraNet, The Advertiser, Mawson Lakes Hotel, Fonterra, 1834 Hotels, Hertz Australia, Coca-Cola, Ride and Shine, Orbea Australia, Hentley Farm Wines, Cambourne Boutique Accommodation, Barossa Balloon Adventures, Crocmedia, Enterprise Finance, Arytza, Martin Brower ANZ and Alan & Donna Robson.
About Ronald McDonald House Adelaide
Ronald McDonald House Adelaide is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that provides practical assistance to families whose seriously ill children are receiving treatment at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital. The House provides accommodation and support to families who live more than 100km from metropolitan Adelaide.
Staying at the House helps families by reducing the financial burden of travelling to Adelaide with their children for treatment and gives them immediate access to a support network. The House relies upon community support and fundraising in order to provide accommodation and support services to hundreds of families every year.
Funds raised from the ride this year will be allocated to three key areas:
- IMPROVE – to ensure our facilities are the best they can be;
- GROW – to see more RMHC ® charity programs operating in SA, and
- PLAN - proposed SA Ronald McDonald House Family Room Program