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A CHARITY dinner will be held in
Renmark later this month raising money for
accommodation and learning programs for
seriously ill children.
The dinner is part of the Ronald McDonald
House Charities annual Ride for Sick Kids,
which begins on Saturday, November 22 in
Mildura and will travel over 1000km through the
Riverland and Adelaide Hills before finishing at
the Ronald McDonald House in North Adelaide
on Friday, November 28.
On Sunday, November 23, a dinner will be
held for riders and the general public at the
Renmark Hotel, attended by broadcaster Craig
Hutchison and Adelaide Crows player Daniel
Also attending the dinner will be 25-year-old
Jess Sykes, of Renmark, and her family, who
know every "hide and seek spot" in the Ronald
Jess and her family stayed at the North
Adelaide house on and off for eight years, while
Jess underwent treatment for cystic fibrosis.
Jess is one of many Riverlanders who have
stayed at the house, but said most people would
probably not be aware of its local importance --
something she hopes will change following the
bike ride and dinner.
"Hopefully people become aware of how
many local kids actually require use of the
house," she said.
"You hear about it when you're in Adelaide,
or through McDonald's, but I don't think most
people put two and two together that a lot of
Riverlanders are using it."
Jess and her brother Darcey, now 17, made
many friends at the house which provided a com-
fortable, relaxing and entertaining space for the
"When you're in hospital you're confined, it
smells weird, the lights are on constantly -- you
never get to sleep in the dark -- and it's quite
noisy," she said.
"In the Ronald McDonald House you've got
your own room within the house and you can
turn all the lights off and it's quiet and you can
just have your own time.
"It was definitely my favourite place to stay."
Jess understands how difficult and expensive
finding accommodation away from home can
be, as she spent three months in Melbourne
earlier this year undergoing a double-lung trans-
"If you had to do that every time for a kid's
admission (into hospital) in Adelaide, that
would get pretty expensive pretty fast," she said.
Thanks to the transplant, Jess said she is now
feeling "fantastic" and is looking forward to
attending the upcoming charity dinner.
"I think it's going to be a pretty fun night,"
Tickets to the dinner are $35 for adults, and
more information is available from Katherine
at the Ronald McDonald House Charity on 08
Jess Sykes with her brother Darcey and dog Sam. Jess and Darcey spent a lot of time at the Ronald
McDonald House in North Adelaide during their childhood, as Jess underwent treatment for cystic
fibrosis. PHOTO: Stacey Roberts
Sports stars to lend a hand
doing it tough should
check if they are eligible
for free rural financial
counselling, a farm
support organisation says.
Rural Business Support
chief executive Kay
Matthias said the service
was free, confidential, and
could be accessed by any-
one involved directly in pri-
mary production or small
rural businesses reliant
upon primary production.
"When areas of the state
are affected by adverse
weather conditions, it is
important that we are there
to support those who may
suffer hardship," she said.
"It is important that this
message gets out before the
situation becomes dire -- we
are here all year round and
making early contact could
help alleviate some of the
pressure down the track.
"Our staff are profes-
sionally trained in all
aspects of business analy-
sis and can assist with cash
flow, meetings with banks
and financial institutions as
well as providing a referral
service to other profession-
als that can be essential in
times like these."
For more information
visit the organisation's
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