Merimbula men riding for big gains for sick kids

Riding for Ronald: Merimbula cyclists Darren Stevens and Trent Pool are jumping on their bikes in an effort to raise much needed funds for the Ronald McDonald House Canberra. Picture: Melanie Leach

Riding for Ronald: Merimbula cyclists Darren Stevens and Trent Pool are jumping on their bikes in an effort to raise much needed funds for the Ronald McDonald House Canberra. Picture: Melanie Leach

Two Merimbula men will get pedalling for sick kids when they tackle the gruelling 130km Giro d'Canberra in May.  

Darren Stevens has been the main organiser of the event for a couple of years raising over $10,000, but this year he is determined to go one pedal further, raising more money than ever for Ronald McDonald House Canberra.

Joining him this year is Trent Pool who said supporting that Ronald McDonald House is a huge priority for him and his family. 

Ronald McDonald Houses provide a home away from home, allowing families to stay close to their sick children while they receive hospital treatment.

When Mr Pool’s daughter was born seven weeks early in 2015, Mr Pool and his wife Leah, spent a number of weeks at the Ronald McDonald House in Canberra, saving them them thousands of dollars in potential accommodation costs. 

“The support we got in that house was fantastic,” Mr Pool said. “Everybody seems to underestimate how good that service is until you’re in the position that you need it. Then it’s invaluable.” 

Mr Pool said in 2015 he made the promise that he would always give back and donate to the charity which helped his family and many others from the region. 

Since the Ronald McDonald House in Canberra opened in October 2012 they have had 540 families use the house from Moruya to Eden. 

The two men will be training hard for the next month as they prepare for the ride in Stromlo Forest Park which will include around around 2500 meters of climbing. 

To donate to the men’s efforts see www.girodcanberra.gofundraise.com.au/

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