Yamba businessman Paul Bews is about to undertake a gruelling 660 kilometre bike ride to help raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities [RMHC].
This will be the second charity bike ride that the Yamba McDonalds licensee has been involved in, since moving to Yamba and taking up cycling, three years ago.
This year’s event [involving McDonald’s licensees and suppliers] will kick off in Airlie Beach, Queensland on 7 August, where Paul will join the team of around 28 keen riders, pedalling for five days to reach Cairns by 11 August.
The ‘Ride for sick kids’ charity ride raises much needed fund for RMHC and this year’s event will take riders through a number of remote North Queensland communities where many families have relied on the services provided by Ronald McDonald House.
The charity provides accommodation for families of children in need of medical treatment away from home.
Mr Bews said that he has previously raised over $2,500 for RMHC and he hopes to raise another $3,000 this year.
“The ride has been going for 10 years and has so far raised $1.2 million for the charity,” Mr Bews said.
“We all pay our own way and all money raised goes purely to RMH.”
Mr Bews said that his inspiration for taking part in the ride, stemmed from his own young family.
“I know how important services like Ronald McDonald House are for regional families like ours,” Mr Bews said.
“Raising these funds for RMH keeps the doors open so that families can be close to their children during long hospital visits.”
Anyone wanting to support this event can do so by donating through the Every Day Hero page: https://rfsknorthqld2017.everydayhero.com/au/paul-bews-yamba-mcdonald-s