Are you ready for the ride of a lifetime?
Each year, we head out on a three-day ride across regional NSW to help raise awareness and vital funds to give country kids the developmental and mental health services they need, but otherwise cannot access. So far, the Ride for Country Kids has raised over $3M for kids and their families and we're not stopping there!
The Ride gets bigger and better every year, and we welcome new individuals and teams to join the fun in 2022.
Join us in 2022 and ride to transform the lives of Australia's country kids!
Country communities have had a tough couple of years - affected by relentless drought, devastating bushfires, floods, a mouse plague, and a global pandemic.
The impact of these disasters, coupled with the existing disadvantage of distance and availability of services, has seen the number of country kids in need of developmental and mental health services drastically increase.
In 2022, we ride to connect country kids with complex, undiagnosed developmental and mental health needs to the critical assessments, services and support they need to thrive.
We aim to raise $600,000 to directly support the health and wellbeing of Australia's country kids.
Where we're headed in 2022!
Join us from May 22-24 to ride over 430km through breathtaking countryside whilst meeting some of the wonderful communities Royal Far West serves. The 2022 Ride will begin in Tamworth, and visit Armidale and Inverell before finishing in Deepwater, just outside Glen Innes.
Day 1: Tamworth (Bendemeer) to Armidale via Walcha & Uralla (145km / 1800m elevation)
Day 2: Armidale to Inverell via Bundarra & Copeton Dam (155km / 1670m elevation)
Day 3: Inverell to Glen Innes (Deepwater) via Emmaville (134km / 1750m elevation)
Note: Riders and bikes will be transported to and from the start and finish locations of Bendemeer and Deepwater.
The 2022 Ride for Country Kids will be a fantastic opportunity to challenge yourself and go the distance for country kids! We will be offering new training programs and support to help you prepare your skills and/or fitness for the challenge.
Raised so far
Who we ride for
Oliver* experienced significant difficulties when he started school. He struggled with expressive language and sometimes could not communicate his needs, becoming distressed and frustrated when he couldn’t complete activities.
When Oliver was seven years old, he was referred to our Paediatric Developmental Program by his local GP. Here, Oliver was able to access comprehensive learning, speech and other key developmental assessments.
With input from local services, including their school, the family received a clear diagnosis, an understanding of Oliver’s needs, as well as recommendations on how to support him moving forward.
Our service has had a life-changing impact on the family. Oliver’s mum Rachel* reports that Oliver is much happier and is making progress at school, and she feels much more positive about her role and direction in supporting him.
* Names changed to protect client privacy
2022 Ride Ambassadors
Australian Tour de France cyclist Mark Renshaw grew up in Bathurst, regional NSW. He rode professionally between 2004 and 2019 and is perhaps most famous for his 1-2 finish on the final stage of the 2009 Tour de France with his teammate Mark Cavendish.
Mark joined the Ride for Country Kids as Ambassador in 2021 and is excited about coming back again in 2022.
Mark says: “Cycling is in my veins, and it’s great to be supporting Royal Far West to help kids in rural and remote areas, particularly when I get to saddle up and join a group of likeminded people, all of whom are keen to push themselves to support country kids.”