Tully Lyster will be pedalling for a cause when he takes on the Victorian Ride for Sick Kids (RFSK).
The Cobram McDonald’s licensee is taking part for the fourth time in the ride that will see 40 cyclists make the 350km journey over four days, starting Saturday.
The ride is a fundraiser to support Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) in Victoria.
Lyster said getting involved with the ride was a natural fit after competing in triathlons and seven Ironman distance events over his 15 years of cycling.
He said he had been preparing for this year’s event by riding up to 300km a week since January.
‘‘I have always been passionate about RMHC and wanted to assist to build awareness through the RFSK,’’ he said.
‘‘Being on the RFSK committee has given me the opportunity to encourage the ride to go through regional towns over the past three years, with Cobram hosting a function night in 2015 which raised $40000.
‘‘The event has raised close to $500000 each year and we are hoping to achieve that again in 2018.’’
Lyster said the best part about the ride was building further awareness of RMHC and raising much-needed funds for seriously ill children and their families.
‘‘This year we’re opening a new 25-room Ronald McDonald House in North Fitzroy to help support even more seriously ill children and their families,’’ he said.
‘‘Being able to assist as a McDonald’s licensee towards the Victorian Houses is something I am proud of.’’
●Anyone wanting to support the RFSK can donate at rideforsickkids.com.au