The western NSW towns of Dubbo, Narromine and Nyngan will soon be hosting cyclists from across the country keen to make a difference to the lives of children.
Children's charity, Royal Far West, have announced that its upcoming fundraiser, Ride for Country Kids, will see riders set off from Dubbo and finish in Cobar.
While the event is being held until May, cyclists keen to help raise funds for country kids with developmental and health needs can now register their interest.
Since the Ride's inception six years ago, more than $2.5 million has been raised by sponsors, supporters and 350 dedicated riders who have pedalled more than 3000 kilometres for the cause.
This year the charity has set a fundraising target of $600,000. All funds raised from the riders, sponsors and supporters through the Ride go to support country kids.
The 2020 Ride starts in Dubbo on Sunday, May 24, then winds through Narromine and Nyngan with a triumphant finish some 450km later on Tuesday, May 26 in Royal Far West's spiritual home town of Cobar.
The route was chosen due to the many close relationships and connections Royal Far West has with the region - children and families, primary schools, community groups, local Branch members as well as our founding history in Cobar.
Royal Far West Clinical Psychology Team Leader Lucy Morrison has participated in the last three Rides.
"They are really special events because you're able to see first-hand where your fundraising is going. You get to meet the kids in their schools and talk with local families and communities," she said.
"As a Psychologist it's really motivating, and as a keen cyclist it's a fantastic experience. Each year it's a challenging route, but very well organised and supported.
"There's plenty of pre-event training opportunities to maximise our fitness, and everyone feels very welcome and part of the team. The highlights for me have been the stunning outback scenery and the school visits."
The Ride will give back to those communities by staying in local accommodation, enjoying meals and experiences in the towns and promoting Royal Far West's experiences to a broad audience.
Registrations are now open for individuals or teams to take part. For all of the details, please visit www.rideforcountrykids.com.au
Join Royal Far West to give hope to country kids. To register, donate or support, please visit www.rideforcountrykids.com.au