MEETING families with sick children has given Colac McDonald’s consultant Anthony Nigro a new outlook on life.
Mr Nigro, 26, will take on a gruelling 500-kilometre bike ride for the second straight year to help raise money and awareness for Ronald McDonald House Charities.
The seven-day ride starts at Launceston, Tasmania, before riders fly to Melbourne and make their way through Geelong, Lorne, Colac, Ballarat and Melbourne’s Williamstown.
Mr Nigro said completing the ride for a second year was an easy decision after enjoying the experience last year.
“Once I’d completed the ride last year I came to the realisation about how much work the houses do with the people that you meet along the way and the stories you hear about how people are affected,” he said.
“Until I did the ride, I didn’t really know a lot about the houses and I didn’t realise how many people use them.
“It’s one of those things where until you do it you don’t really understand.”
The Ballarat-based consultant will join more than 30 other riders at Launceston in a fortnight and the group hope to raise more than $600,000 for RMHC.
Mr Nigro said a desire to help out increased his desire to take part in the ride.
“I met a few families last year after a tough few days on the bike and the pain I went through for a couple of hours just doesn’t compare to the months or years of tough times these families have experienced,” he said.
“For me it was a really short-term pain compared to what everyone else goes through, it’s just nothing in comparison.
“The charity itself does wonderful things and what better way to help build awareness than jumping on the bike and having a ride.”
People can donate to riders and find out more information about the ride at www.rideforsickkids.com.au