Charity ride raising vital funds

Blake Dingsdale and his family have stayed at Ronald McDonald House while he received treatment.
Blake Dingsdale and his family have stayed at Ronald McDonald House while he received treatment.

At the age of three, Blake was hospitalised for hydrocephalus, a build-up of fluid on the brain. He was then diagnosed with a brain tumour and received intense chemotherapy and radiation.

It was the first and longest stint for the family, but they received some support by staying at Ronald McDonald House.

The family returned to the house for a few months last year when Blake’s tumour lapsed.

‘These are the two longest stints we have had to stay at RMH, but over the years we have had the pleasure of calling Ronald McDonald House home for a night or two here and there for Blake’s scans and surgeries,’ Ms Leach said.

The Ronald McDonald House Charity Ride For Sick Kids WA will be in Mandurah on October 12 and 13.

A team of novice riders will pedal 400km over four days from Busselton to Perth, stopping in Mandurah along the way.

The ride will help to raise funds for a much larger, state-of-the-art Ronald McDonald House, alongside the new children’s hospital in Nedlands. This year there is a fundraising goal of $300,000.

The riders are expected to be at McDonald’s Mandurah from 2.45pm to 3.45pm on October 11 and from 7.30am to 9am on October 12. Residents are encouraged to come down and show their support.