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Newcastle Knight and Ronald McDonald House ambassador Aku Uate was on deck to help promote the annual Ride for Sick Kids at Edgeworth McDonalds as the fundraising ride kicked-off on Monday.

The annual ride, which is in its 10th year, aims to raise $250,000 in aid of Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) programs across Northern NSW, which benefits thousands of seriously ill children and their families supported by RMHC.

“I think it’s a great cause, I think that everyone in Newcastle needs to get behind the event,” Uate said.

“The aim is to get $250,000 but hopefully we get past that.

“I think it’s very important for Ronald McDonald House to raise that money to help sick kids.

For the month of September, McDonalds restaurants in Northern NSW will unite to support the Ride and will donate $1 from every $2 Ride For Sick Kids Frisbee sold in the region and 50 cents from every Tall McCafe coffee purchased during the period.

There are 23 cyclists taking part in the Ride, among them include RMH NNSW CEO Ross Bingham and four local McDonalds licensees.

Rohan Bingham from Ronald McDonald House explained the riding expedition set out from Inverell on Monday and will see the riders complete a grueling trek of 700km in just five days with stops at Grafton, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and Forster.

The expedition will visit schools and hold fundraising events along the way before reaching its final destination, the Ronald McDonald House in Newcastle on Friday 29 August.

The Newcastle Knights are proud to support the Ronald McDonald House charity and attend a number of events and promotions at the house throughout the season. 

“We have a great relationship with the Newcastle Knights and have had for a number of years,” she said.

When they come up, it’s a real highlight for the kids staying at the house; it brightens up their day and for the mums and dads as well.”

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