CYCLISTS have set off from Bendigo on a week-long trek to raise more than $250,000 for sick children.
The group of 36 riders started their journey at Bendigo McDonald’s on Saturday before winding their way to the state’s north.
The 740km route includes stops in Shepparton, Yarrawonga, Albury and Seymour and ends at Melbourne’s Monash House on Friday.
All money raised goes to Ronald McDonald House Charities.
Ride organiser Brett Tooley started the Ride for Sick Kids three years ago as a way to help fund the charity that supports families of ill children.
Mr Tooley said the ride had received great support.
“Everyone has had to raise $3000 to go on the ride and everyone’s extremely passionate about raising more,” he said.
“It’s much-needed funds.”
Mr Tooley said he was confident the group would raise more than $250,000.
Along the way the group meets up with families with children suffering serious illness and disease.
“That’s a really inspiring part of it,” Mr Tooley said.
“It certainly gives the riders energy to keep going.”
To donate to the group or folllow its progress, go to www.rideforsickkids.com.au