LYCRA-CLAD bike riders rolled into Tamworth yesterday in an effort to help sick kids.
The annual Ride for Sick Kids began in Glen Innes on Monday, and the 25-strong group is expected to finish in Newcastle on Saturday.
The ride began nine years ago from an idea discussed by Tamworth franchisee John O’Sullivan and former North West McDonald’s consultant Tony Baj.
“In the first year we raised $85,000, but now we’re looking to raise $250,000,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
“We’ve raised $2 million over the last nine years, with all the money going to Ronald McDonald House charities.”
The Tamworth house, which celebrates five years of operation this month, has provided a home-away-from-home for more than 1000 families and more than 400 patients.
The local house has 72 active volunteers, but house manager Chris Watson said he hoped that number would increase to 95 by the end of this year.
The bike riders will head to Muswellbrook today.