FOLLOWING the success of last year's event, the Ronald McDonald House Charities Ride for Sick Kids will hit the road again next month.
On November 2, riders including Naracoorte teenager Harry Pitt will take part in the seven day cycle tour to raise much needed funds for regional patients who need to go to Adelaide for treatment.
Covering 1008km and stopping in Naracoorte, the riding group will also include elite cyclists such as Olympic medallists Kaarle McCulloch and Shane Perkins as well as McDonald's licensees.
Harry is the first resident of the Ronald McDonald House in Adelaide to do the ride after staying there for up to a month at a time while receiving treatment for cancer.
His mum Linda said the house helped them get through the long days of chemotherapy.
"To have a facility like that to get away from it all...there's such a great need for it," she said.
"A lot of families have to give up their jobs to relocate and it is a huge strain on their finances.
"The house is for country people so that's why we need to get behind it."
The cycling peloton will start at Mount Gambier before travelling to Naracoorte, Meningie, Murray Bridge, Victor Harbour and McLaren Vale.
It will then finish up at Ronald McDonald House in Adelaide.
This year the aim is to raise upwards of $150,000 for the cause.
The money will be put towards the development of a "family room" at the Women's and Children's Hospital to be managed by Ronald McDonald House Charities volunteers.
It will give families visiting a sick child a place to relax and take a break from the clinical environment of the wards.
McDonald's Naracoorte's Liz Crick said it was a priority to make the Ronald McDonald's House Charities front of mind.
"For us this is really a community and local charity," she said. "While McDonald's is behind it, it still needs funding."
A community celebration will take place at the Naracoorte Hotel from 7pm after the first day of the ride, November 2.
Guests are invited to enjoy an evening of fun, food and fundraising while meeting the riders.
The cost is $55 per person and includes a three course meal. For tickets contact Linda Pitt on 0439 623 633.
To donate to the Ronald McDonald House Charities Ride for Sick Kids visit www.sarideforsickkids.com.au or visit McDonald's Naracoorte.