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Friday, 3 July 1998

Scouts Ride Push Bikes From Orange, NSW to the Broken Hill border

On July 9th 1998 at about 2.30pm the Belrose Scout group will begin a gruelling push bike ride from Orange in New South Wales to the Broken Hill border to raise money for sick children from all over NSW who are treated at Sydney Children's Hospital, Randwick.

Event organiser, Rob Marshman said, 'We decided to do this cycle because my son Bryan recently visited the Sydney Children's Hospital with his school and met a little girl who had a terminal illness. He was so touched by her determination and bravery that when he arrived home he constantly spoke about his visit and came up with the idea of riding our bikes to help sick kids.'

The scouts cycle course will take them through the outback and along the rail line to finish at the NSW and SA border of Broken Hill. After departing from Orange they will spend the day cycling arriving in Parkes on 10 July then riding onto Condobolin to arrive about midday on 11 July.

After a few exhausting days of riding through rural NSW the team will arrive in Ivanhoe on Monday 13 July and stop next at Menindee on 16 July. If all goes as planned the Scouts will reach their final destination on 17 or 18 July where they will celebrate their extraordinary effort and catch the train home for a well deserved rest.

Support from groups such as the Belrose Scouts helps make a real difference to buying medical equipment for many of the children who are treated each year at Sydney Children's Hospital. After riding a push bike 1000km it is obvious this group of scouts certainly have put children first and foremost.

For Further Information Contact:

Holly Bradshaw, Foundation Media Liaison Manager Tel: 9382 1188 Mob: 0414 821 187

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