Royal Far West's Ride for Country Kids 2021 ambassador Daniel Gibson is preparing to ride 400+km around regional NSW next month, 2-4 May. Image supplied.

Canberra Prime7 presenter and reporter Daniel Gibson has been announced as the Ride for Country Kids 2021 ambassador, riding to raise funds for children in rural and remote communities.

Mr Gibson will be joining 80 dedicated cyclists on Sunday 2 May in Dubbo, cycling 400+km, calling in on Narromine, Warren and Nyngan, and finishing on Tuesday 4 May in Cobar.

This is the third ride Mr Gibson will be participating in to support Royal Far West.

“It’s a great event. My favourite aspect is seeing the kids and communities as we roll into each town, meeting their families and hearing their stories,” Mr Gibson said.

“This helps me to really understand the difference the charity makes to their lives, which makes me even more determined to help Royal Far West support country kids to get the help they deserve, regardless of where they live.”

Established in 1924, Royal Far West is one of Australia’s most enduring and respected charities, dedicated to connecting kids in rural and remote communities to the care they need, offering health, education and disability services.

According to Royal Far West, over 100,000 children across rural and remote Australia have health and development needs. In 2020, the charity saw a significant increase in demand for its services.

In NSW alone, there are currently 156 children waiting to access the charity’s Paediatric Developmental Program (PDP), designed to help those with complex developmental and mental health challenges.

The money raised from the Ride for Country Kids event will help to fund the program, giving the children access to a multidisciplinary team who all collaborate on each child’s assessment and pathway forward.

Royal Far West CEO Lindsay Cane AM said drought, bushfires, COVID-19 pandemic and floods faced in the last year means country areas are doing it tougher than ever.

“More families and communities are needing our help,” Ms Cane said.

“We’re thrilled to have Daniel join our team again this year to raise funds and awareness of the inequity country kids and families face in being able to access developmental and mental health services.”

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