Rider Profiles

2020 RIDE FOR SICK KIDS RIDER & CREW PROFILES

A big thank you to all our dedicated riders and support crew 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 RMHC NORTHERN NSW CEO

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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KRISTI AYERST

I've joined the Ride for Sick Kids to help make a difference for sick children and their families. I have a choice whether I get on my bike or not; the sick kids don't get a choice.  I have three healthy children, so this is my way of paying it forward.  

I've been cycling for two and a half years and love getting out on the road to ride.  I'm really looking forward to the friendships made, the scenery and meeting the families who use the services Ronald McDonald House Charities provide.  Mostly, I'm looking forward to the amazing feeling you get when you are able to help others.

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GERRY BEATTY - SUPPORT CREW VOLUNTEER

My wife and I have been volunteering at Ronald McDonald House Newcastle since 2008, and I have been part of the Ride for Sick Kids Support Crew since 2018. Volunteering at the House and supporting the Ride is my way of giving back and helping those families who are going through a traumatic time in their lives. Visiting the towns where the families RMHC Northern NSW support come from and even meeting up with the families who have used the House. It's is a highlight of the week, along with the friendship and camaraderie of the group.

BILL COX - RETIRED SCHOOL TEACHER

I have been on every ride since it started in 2005. I became involved as I have had family members use Ronald McDonald House and saw just how much it meant to them to have the support of this wonderful organisation. I have ridden every day of every ride and love being able to contribute while spending time with a great group of like minded people. Being able to combine my passion for cycling with fundraising for a fantastic cause is an important week each year.

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IVOR THOMAS - RAY WHITE MANNING VALLEY

I first joined the Ride for Sick Kids back in 2018 and have been on every Ride since.  Coming from Taree many families in my region utilise the services RMHC Northern NSW offer and I wanted to do something more the help impact families. It’s such a rewarding week cycling with a great group of people and meeting some of the families that are supported. It’s a great reminder of how fortunate I am to have 3 healthy kids and how much RMHC is needed in our region. 

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NATHAN CHISWELL - CARDIAC TECHNICIAN

I have been participating in the Ride for Sick Kids for the last 10 years. A friend introduced me to the Ride for Sick Kids and encouraged me to help out and I have been 100% committed ever since. As a father to four healthy kids, I can not imagine 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. To help raise vital funds to help keep families close together in tough times, and giving children the chance to be kids and recover. 

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SAM CASHMAN - PROJECT MANAGER - HWB

I've been cycling for 15 years and first joined the Ride for Sick Kids in 2018 at the suggestion of a friend and as my way of making a difference for families.  I feel privileged to be part of the group of riders who are all passionate about making a difference for sick kids and their families.  One of the greatest things about the week is meeting some of the families who need the support of RMHC Northern NSW and seeing how much it means to them to have access to it.

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PHIL WILSON - MCDONALD'S LICENSEE - UPPER HUNTER

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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NICHOLAS LAO - PLANT MANAGER FROZEN OPERATIONS - ARYZTA SYDNEY

I have been involved in the Ride for Sick Kids since 2016 and through ARYZTA have volunteered to cook meals for numerous years at the Ronald McDonald House, Westmead.  

Having only taken up cycling through being introduced to the "Ride for Sick Kids", it's now something I really look forward to each year. Visiting the communities where the families who need RMHC Northern NSW come from and even meeting some of the kids.  As a father of two young children, I can't image how tough it would be to be far from home when your child is seriously ill or injured.  That why I am raising money and assisting RMHC in any way possible to help families together. 

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ANDREW ROSEWORNE - MCDONALD'S LICENSEE - NEWCASTLE

I have worked for McDonald's for over 25 years, in 2018 I moved to Newcastle when I was given the opportunity to purchase the Hexham & Salamander Bay restaurants. I've had a long connection with RMHC and the Newcastle House completing the RFSC in 2013. I'm looking forward to taking on the challenge in 2020 where I hope the team can raise more much-needed funds to help keep families together when they have a seriously ill or injured child.   

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SIMON FILE - SENIOR PARTNER - FINDEX

I am a Senior Partner at Findex, the 5th largest accounting and advisory firm in Australia who have been advising McDonald's Licensees for over 25 years. Throughout this journey we have been closely aligned to RMHC and I personally look forward to my 5th Ride For Sick Kids to help raise money and awareness for RMHC Northern NSW.

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JARROD BAKER - MANAGER NETWORK INTEGRATION - ARTC

I took up cycling over ten years ago after an injury playing soccer as a goalkeeper. I've loved it ever since, participating in local club races and long-distance charity bike rides. This year an opportunity arose for me to participate in the Ride for Sick Kids, and so I am proud to be able to join the team and help support sick kids and their families. My cousin was diagnosed with Leukemia when we were kids, and I saw the pain my family went through as well as the support provided by Ronald McDonald House during their treatment. I am keen to help raise vital funds to keep this support such a worthy cause and help improve the lives of sick kids and their families.

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LEON BROWN- MCDONALD'S LICENSEE - WESTERN SYDNEY

I have been working with McDonald's for 38 years. My wife and I operate several restaurants in the Western Sydney market and have done for 23 years.

I have been contemplating doing the ride for a while now and I have finally built up enough courage to get it done. I have never done any form of riding so this is going to be a challenge and an achievement I feel I am looking forward to. I have never put myself so far out of my comfort zone. I will start training in March and be ready to not only get fit, but live a healthier more active life. 

I have served on many committees and activities over the years with RMHC so I am very clear about the importance of the vital funds and necessary work that is required to support the families of serious ill children. As a father of 4 children I can only imagine the despair and anxiety a family must endure during the treatment and recovery process.

So please get behind me and the charity and dig deep for such a great charity.

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