Tracey Green and Johnathan Hewis to take part in Royal Far West Ride for Country Kids 2018

Giving back: Head resident Bronte Davison (centre) helps Ride for Country Kids 2018 participants Johnathan Hewis and Tracey Green collect recyclable bottles and cans as a fundraiser towards the   ride.
Giving back: Head resident Bronte Davison (centre) helps Ride for Country Kids 2018 participants Johnathan Hewis and Tracey Green collect recyclable bottles and cans as a fundraiser towards the ride.

A Charles Sturt University team in a charity bike ride will include two faces from the Port Macquarie campus.

Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences Executive Dean Professor Tracey Green and senior lecturer in medical imaging and Associate Head of School Johnathan Hewis are preparing to take part in the Royal Far West Ride for Country Kids 2018.

They are among a seven-member team drawn from CSU campuses in the fundraising ride in support of the rural children's health charity.

It will be the third year Professor Green and Mr Hewis have joined the ride.

Mr Hewis said the ride was for a good cause and taking part in the event came with a sense of community.

The riders will have the opportunity to meet with children and families along the way, who are supported by the charity, and also hear heart-warming stories from those helped by Royal Far West in earlier years.

Professor Green and Mr Hewis have harnessed the Return and Earn scheme as a fundraiser towards the ride.

“We saw it as a nice way of capturing some cash and encouraging people to recycle,” Mr Hewis said.

They are collecting bottles and cans from the Port Macquarie campus and the students at the residences are helping too.

Head resident Bronte Davison is coordinating the recycling collection at the residences.

“It was a really good chance to have the opportunity for civic engagement and it was a good cause helping out the university, as well as community,” Bronte said.

Professor Green said taking part in the ride was about doing the right thing for kids.

“They struggle every day; we are only going to struggle for three days,” she said.

Some 75 riders will leave Lightning Ridge on April 29 and cover 500 kilometres over three days before arriving in Bourke on May 1.

The ride aims to raise $500,000 for Royal Far West.

The charity connects rural and remote Australian children with the healthcare they need. 

People can donate to the CSU team at the Ride for Country Kids 2018 website.

The  seven-member CSU team has raised more than $18,000 on the road to its $24,000 target.

A family-friendly quiz at Tacking Point Tavern contributed to the fundraising.

Professor Green and Mr Hewis recognised the support they received in donations as raffle prizes.

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