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 2016 RMHC Ride for Sick Kids SA event was held Sunday November 20 – Saturday November 26 2016
The 2016 RMHC Ride for Sick Kids SA event started in Mt Gambier 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 again. The team set off on Sunday 20 Nov and rode over 1,000km’s arriving at Ronald McDonald House in Adelaide 7 days later on Saturday 26 Nov.
Over $220,000 raised!
We are thrilled to announce that this year’s RMHC Ride for Sick Kids SA event raised over $220,000 for Ronald McDonald House Adelaide! This has been made possible with the support of this year’s riders, support crew, volunteers, corporate partners, event organisers, local communities, businesses, individual donors, ride Ambassadors and families staying at Ronald McDonald House Adelaide. You’ve all contributed to the success of our 5th annual event and we have no words other than THANK YOU!
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