CYCLISTS raising money for Ronald McDonald House have praised the generosity of Border residents and businesses.
The 35 riders from across Victoria rolled into Albury-Wodonga yesterday on their 740-kilometre journey from Bendigo to Melbourne.
First stop was the Ronald McDonald Family Room in Wodonga where they met families of sick children as part of the annual Ronald McDonald House Charities Ride for Sick Kids Victoria.
Ride chairman Brett Tooley was overwhelmed by the support shown by his former hometown of Wodonga.
And a fund-raiser dinner and auction at Soden’s Hotel in Albury last night added to the $310,000 tally.
“Donations have been rolling in,” Mr Tooley said.
“Local businesses have really got on board by donating items for the auction.
“We have a lot of major sponsors and our goal is to raise $350,000.”
Today the convoy travels to Beechworth on its way to Benalla.
“It’s great to have with us some new riders and the biggest hurdle is the climb to Beechworth,” Mr Tooley said.
He said the ride was nothing compared with the trials faced by the families of sick children.
All money raised will support Ronald McDonald House Charities’ programs in Victoria.
To make a donation, log on to rideforsickkids.com.au.