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31 July, 2022

The Helping Bikes an initiative to support sick children

RONALD McDonald House Charities (RMHC) North Australia announced that from Monday until Sunday, August 7, McDonald’s customers can help support local sick kids by adding a $2 ‘Helping Bike’ to their next purchase.

Image: RMHC North Australia 2021 Kenfrost Homes Ride to the Cape charity bike ride.

The ‘Helping Bikes’ will be sold in McDonald’s stores across the North Australia region; in Townsville, Mackay, Whitsundays, Cairns and Darwin. 

Those who purchase their ‘Helping Bike’ can write their name on it and have it displayed on the wall at their local McDonald’s store. 

The ‘Helping Bikes’ are being sold in the lead-up to the 2022 Kenfrost Homes Rivers of Gold charity bike ride. 

The 2021 ride raised a record-breaking $256,000 for RMHC North Australia, funding over 1,560 nights’ accommodation for families in need. 

To date, it is the most successful single fundraising event in RMHC North Australia’s history. 

This year, RMHC North Australia is hopeful they can meet this record again. 

So far, they have raised an impressive $123,000. 

RMHC North Australia CEO, Tamara South, is thrilled to see the ‘Helping Bikes’ activation go ahead again in 2022. 

“Every dollar raised from the $2 Helping Bikes directly supports the more than 5,000 sick and injured kids who use the practical care programs provided by RMHC North Australia every year,” said Ms South. 

“Whether it’s free tutoring to catch up on missed school, a muchneeded holiday or a stay close by to the hospital at our Ronald McDonald House, the funds raised from the ‘Helping Bike’ activation and the Kenfrost Homes Rivers of Gold ride have a real impact on families with a seriously ill child.” 

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