Ride helping sick kids
TWENTY bicycle riders made up of McDonald's owner-operators and McDonald's staff rode their way to Gladstone West State School yesterday to speak to students about Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The group is on a mission to raise funds for the houses through what is fondly referred to as the "ride for sick kids".
Scott Campbell, who is a McDonald's licensee in Ballina, said they had travelled 160km on Tuesday and the next stop was Biloela.
The main message Campbell tried to get across to students was: "When the kids come back from the Ronald McDonald Houses please be their friend."
He said people along the way were donating money and funds were also raised by selling pens in McDonald's stores.
Gladstone West State School helped with the fundraising efforts by holding a free dress day this week.
Students Zoe Cirson and William Middleton, who have both been affected by Ewing's sarcoma, handed over the donation after the riders' presentation.
William, 9, who was diagnosed on August 8 last year is still recovering after a stem cell transplant and was happy to use the opportunity to see all his classmates again for a game of Simon Says.
Debbie Middleton said that after immunisations in November, she hoped her son would be able to return to school next year.