Royal Far West peloton rides to raise money for country kids

Royal Far West (RFW), CEO, Lindsay Cane AM, was in Cobar yesterday to welcome the Ride for Country Kids ambassador and Tour de France cyclist, Mark Renshaw, and other charity bike riders as they finished their 450km three day ride from Dubbo. It will be one of Ms Cane’s final official duties for the RFW as she’s announced she will be retiring as CEO in July.

A group of 80 bike riders rolled into Drummond Park yesterday afternoon to finish their 450km Royal Far West Ride for Country Kids.
The group had a goal to raise $450,000 to help support country kids and their families to access the vital health services they need.
Ride ambassador, Australian Tour de France cyclist Mark Renshaw and Prime 7’s Daniel Gibson were among the group of riders that set off from Dubbo on Sunday to ride the 450km journey to Cobar.
Renshaw described the final 130km leg from Nyngan yesterday as being “not too far” but praised the efforts of his fellow riders, many of whom have taken time off their “day jobs” to join the ride.
“Yesterday was a big day as we had nearly 170kms in total and that’s a big day’s ride for some of the riders here who don’t ride all day.
“To ride those kind of distances when you’re not a cyclist, that’s very impressive,” Renshaw said.
He said fatigue was starting to creep up on all of the riders and they were very happy to have arrived in Cobar and celebrate the end of the ride.
By the time they rolled into Cobar yesterday they had raised $410,717 and were hoping to add further to that total last night with the proceeds of a charity auction.
It was fitting that the ride finished at Drum-mond Park which is named in honour of the Reverend Stanley Drummond, who founded the children’s health service in 1924, in an effort to give kids from the country an oppor-tunity to spend time at Manly and also access specialist health services