DESPITE enduring a 161km ride from Tamworth, with stops at Murrurundi and Scone, the 1200kms for Kids participants were still in a giving mood when they rode into town on Thursday.
And, an appreciative maternity unit manager Janelle Alexander was on hand to receive a $3600 gift when the cyclists descended upon the Muswellbrook District Hospital.
With the money raised for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, the riders presented Ms Alexander and her team with a Symphony Breast Pump.
They also toured the hospital’s maternity unit to view how their bequest would make a difference to young lives in Muswellbrook.
“Breast feeding is important for growing newborns,” Ms Alexander said.
“Breast milk contains the correct balance of nutrients to promote ideal growth and development, as well as an essential supply of antibodies to protect the newborn baby against infections.
“This Symphony Breast Pump is lightweight and allows for easy use at the bedside.
“We’ve received some wonderful equipment [from the Foundation] worth a lot of money over the past few years.
“It’s been very beneficial for the whole community.
“I’d just like to thank the Humpty Dumpty Foundation for its ongoing support.”
The Railway Hotel in Muswellbrook also generously donated the time of its kitchen staff to cook dinner for the riders on Thursday evening.
2016 marks 10 years of the annual ACT Australia 1200kms for Kids charity bike ride.
Up to 25 non-professional cyclists, along with several support crew members, departed from Nambour on October 14 with stopovers at Morayfield, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane followed by Ipswich, Warwick, Glenn Innes, Armidale, Tamworth, Muswellbrook, Maitland and Newcastle.
They’ll arrive at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney’s St Leonards on Saturday.
To support the 1200kms for Kids riders, you can still donate at www.1200kmsforkids.com