Rider Profiles

2019 RIDE FOR SICK KIDS RIDER PROFILES

A big thank you to all our dedicated riders for joining this year's Ride for Sick Kids.  Because of you, we can help keep families close when they need it most.

ROSS BINGHAM - CEO RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE NNSW

I love that we ride through the towns that people live in that use our Ronald McDonald Houses, Family Rooms, Retreats and Learning Program. The camaraderie of the team of riders and support crew is something that you don’t experience anywhere else. The money that we raise is significant and makes a huge difference to our programs and what we can do for children and their families. It forces me to stay fit through winter! I love it.


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BILL COX - RETIRED SCHOOL TEACHER

I have ridden every Ride For Sick Kids since it began in 2005. I was invited at the beginning to share my knowledge of cycling with an inexperienced group as I have been a competitive cyclist for over 50 years. Because I have family who had used Ronald McDonald House when their child was ill, I didn't hesitate to get involved. It is a privilege to be able to combine my passion for cycling with being able to raise funds for this great cause.  I enjoy the company of a wonderful group of people each year who share this common goal. I hope to be able to continue for as long as the Ride for Sick Kids happens.

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CRAIG "ROSIE" ROSEVEAR

As Australia’s #1 ‘Rocktioneer’ Craig “Rosie” Rosevear brings a big dose of energy and passion to the 2018 Ride for Sick Kids. “Rosie” as he is popularly known first became a supporter of Ronald McDonald House during his 10 year stint with OZ  Rock Legends. ‘The Screaming Jets’. Rosie is now a successful Auctioneer, working for the prestigious Cooley Auction Team and he continues to support Ronald McDonald House as Auctioneer at their Charity Functions and as a Participant if this years ride. “ Fun, Fitness & Friendship is what for me into cycling and I’m pumped to be able to help bring families closer by being part of this great ride” says Craig

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IVOR THOMAS - RAY WHITE MANNING VALLEY

This is my first year to Ride for Sick Kids.  I was born in the Blue Mountains NSW, and relocated to Wingham on the Mid North Coast of NSW as a child, completing schooling within Wingham and Taree. After completing school I moved to Sydney with a dream to open the bowling for Australia. My wife Nicolie and I have 3 beautiful children, Harry, William and Lara. I'm passionate about making a positive impact in the world through health and wellness with a mission to impact the lives of 1000 Dad's by 2020.

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NATHAN CHISWELL - MNC CARDIAC SERVICES

I have been cycling for 8 years at a competitive level after finding a sport that suits family life. A friend introduced me to the Ride for Sick Kids and encouraged me to help out and I have been 100% committed ever since. With three healthy kids, I can not image the pain families go through so this is my way of feeling the pain for them. It's the reason why I keep coming back to ride each year.

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PETER HAYDON - AURIZON TRAIN DRIVER

I have been riding my bike now for many years, in both competition and for the joy of it. But this September I want to ride to make a difference for sick kids at Ronald McDonald House.

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BRETT HADLEY - HADLEY CYCLES

I had my first race at age 9, and haven’t stopped. I enjoy racing, riding in general, and assisting new riders to understand technique and bunch craft. I keep coming back year after year knowing that we make a difference. We meet with families whose lives have been turned upside down and hear their stories first hand, how Ronald McDonald House kept them together as a family unit, helped to take a lot of the cost and stress out of a bad situation, by providing the families a home away from home! When the first Ride started 14 years ago, I had not had children at that point. I am now the father of two happy, healthy kids and the Ride has taken on another dimension.

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ANDREW TWEEDIE - INGHAM'S ENTERPRISES, PLANT MANAGER

This will be my 7th year on the Ride For Sick Kids and you can see the difference that Ronald McDonald House Charities makes to sick children and their families. As a supplier to McDonald’s we have been involved with RMHC for many years.

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ROB HADLEY - RETIRED CYCLE SHOP OWNER

An avid cyclist - 4 times World Masters Games Cycling Champion, 19 times Australian Cycling Champion, Multiple NSW Champion and have been racing local, National and International for 52 years,  I come back every year because I can see the funds raised being used to grow and run Ronald McDonald House in the Hunter and there is a wonderful atmosphere and complete professionalism surrounding the organisation of the Ride. I have listened to many cheerful stories from parents of sick kids and, unfortunately, I have heard the heartbreaking stories as well. Ronald McDonald House does a wonderful job of making life easier for these families of sick kids and I am proud to be a supporter.

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TYSON NICHOLSON - DIRECTOR OF SALES THE PROPERTY MARKET

Tyson joins the Ride for Sick Kids for the first time this year.  He'll be riding for a great cause on his Trek Madone 9.2

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SAM CASHMAN - KAEBEL LEISURE

This is Sam's second year on the Ride for Sick Kids.  He'll be riding on his Scott Addict as the team ride from Inverell to Newcastle.

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ADAM SHERMAN

I'm a dad so the children at the Ronald McDonald Houses get to you straightaway.  The father-of-five has rode for the cause for ten years between 2005 and 2015, having fallen in love with the sport. He's excited to be part of the ride again - "I know it will be challenging, riding for five days straight, but it is such a great cause and I want to give back to my community," he said. "I am passionate about supporting charities which significantly help seriously ill children and their families."

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RICK GITTINS - GITTINS PROPERTY

This is my first ride for Ronald McDonald House and first long distance ride. It's for a great cause and I'm looking forward to it. I'll do all the pedalling so you can just sit back, relax and donate!  So please give a little or give generously via the "Donate to Rider" button to assist sick children and their families.

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STEPHEN DOVEY - UGL

Stephen joined the Ride for Sick Kids for the first time in 2018 and will be back in the saddle again for this year's ride.

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DAVID WEST - FACTORY MANAGER, INGHAMS ENTERPRISES

I'm excited to be supporting the RFSK in 2019. As the father of twins girls that arrived prematurely I have first hand expereince of the fantatsic work that RMHC does in supporting families that find themselves a long way from home without much notice. I'm looking forward to giving a little back through the RFSK!

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DONOVAN RAJ - PRINCIPAL BUSINESS PARTNER, BHP SUPPLY AND MARKETING

I love riding, but better when your ride can make someone else’s life better, and when it’s going to make a child’s life better, well that’s a no-brainer. This is my first Ride For Sick Kids, so super excited to be part of this awesome event to raise plus $200,000 for our kids that need it most.

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ROSS BAINES - METROLL

Ross has been a valued sponsor of Ride for Sick Kids and Ronald McDonald House for many years.  This year he will be back on his bike riding with the team from Inverell to Newcastle.

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PHIL WILSON - MCDONALD'S MUSWELLBROOK

As McDonald's is the founding Mission Partner of the charity, I've seen first-hand the impact Ronald McDonald House Charities has for sick children and their families.  I'm joining Ride for Sick Kids to help make a difference for these families.  While the ride will be a challenge, I know it's nothing like the challenges facing  the families staying at Ronald McDonald House.

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