10 years of giving back to hospitals helping sick children

More than 25 non-professional cyclists, along with several support crew members, will ride from the Sunshine Coast to Sydney this week to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation and the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.

This year marks a decade of the annual ‘ACT Australia 1200kms for Kids’ charity bike ride.

The charity was conceived in 2005 by two friends – Trevelyan Bale of West Pennant Hills and Gary Richardson of the Sunshine Coast.

“We wanted to create something to give back to the hospitals that tirelessly help sick children in Australia,” Mr Bale said.

“When my child was sick in hospital, they did such a great job caring and catering to our family’s needs, and I really think that should be recognised, appreciated and honoured.”

The inaugural ride took place in 2006 and to date the 1200kms for Kids charity bike ride has generously fundraised over $1.3 million for sick kids.

The annual ride takes place each year in October between the cities of Brisbane and Sydney, changing direction each year.

“This year we’re departing from Gary’s hometown of Buderim on the Sunshine Coast to mark the 10 year ride and we’ll be adding an extra 130 kilometres to our ride schedule,” Mr Bale added.

The group of riders departed from Nambour on October 14 and will stop at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane followed by Ipswich, Warwick, Glenn Innes, Armidale, Tamworth, Muswellbrook and Newcastle before arriving at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney’s St Leonards on Saturday, October 22.

With funds raised for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, the 1200kms for Kids riders will be donating life-saving medical equipment to several hospitals along the bike ride’s route.

The funds raised for the Children’s Hospital Foundation will go to the Queensland Children’s Tumour Bank, which collects material from all types of tumours, including leukemia, and stores them to conduct research and improve cancer treatment for children in Australia and across the world.

The Children’s Hospital Foundation is the official charity of the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital and works wonders for sick kids by funding life-saving medical research, investing in vital new equipment, and providing comfort, entertainment, family support and care programs for sick kids.

With help from 1200kms for Kids, the Children’s Hospital Foundation will continue to support the Queensland Children’s Tumour Bank which is a unique resource for major national and international collaborative research projects.

Mr Bale said even though he only takes his bike out of storage once a year for this event, he looks forward to it every year.

“It’s that one time of the year when I can show my support and get together and make a difference with a group of like-minded individuals,” he enthused.

“Our riders began supporting the Humpty Dumpty Foundation in 2011 and since then 33 pieces of life-saving medical equipment have been donated from the charity to eight hospitals along the ride’s route.”

To date, 275 hospitals across the nation have benefited from the life-saving medical equipment received specifically to care for children and babies provided by the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.

ACT Australia is an Australian owned manufacturer of premium tile adhesives, grouts, screed, waterproofing, sealants, specialist primers and acoustic underlay systems. Owner Colin Morrow has been a part of the ride since 2013 and ACT Australia is proud to be the 2016 naming sponsor.

To support the 1200kms for Kids riders please donate at www.1200kmsforkids.com.

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