Ronald McDonald House provides some relief for families from rural areas across Australia during stressful periods. For months at a time parents are afforded accommodation minutes from the Perth Children’s Hospital free of charge.
The charity has positively affected thousands of families across the country and there are plenty Australians who use the service that are grateful to the point that they want to fundraise and give back.
Local Grass Patch man Malcolm Longbottom has had much to do with Ronald McDonald house, especially after his son Brodie was diagnosed with a chromosome disorder 18 years ago. Mr. Longbottom is appreciative of what the charity has done for him and his family.
“Having a place where my family can stay together while Brodie receives treatment has been a lifeline for us.”
For the past two years Malcolm has decided to help out Ronald McDonald House by fundraising some cash and raising awareness of the charity. He has done so through the Bike Ride for Sick Kid’s event, which sees himself and a handful of others ride around WA for four days.
This year the group of roughly 25 riders will start in Kalamunda on Saturday May 4th, before riding to Bindoon and back to Perth on Tuesday after eclipsing 380km. The team, including Mr. Longbottom, are hoping to raise $240,000 to help families with a sick or injured child who will need to use the services of Ronald McDonald House.
Malcolm has had an interrupted training schedule but is still looking forward to attempting the feat.
Malcolm spoke to Sean for the Triple M Breakfast Show, the audio is below. Hear him chat at about 30 seconds in.
To contribute to the cause you can either enter your nearest McDonalds (including the corners or William and Dempster streets in Esperance) and ask about the Bike Ride for Sick Kids, or jump on to the website and donate directly at the following link: Ronald McDonald House Charity