Nine days and 1200km of cycling for children's charities

PEDAL POWER: Rudy Grommen prepares to take part in a charity ride to raise money for children’s hospitals.
PEDAL POWER: Rudy Grommen prepares to take part in a charity ride to raise money for children’s hospitals. Inga Williams

RIDING up Australia's east coast from Sydney to Brisbane is no sweat for avid cyclist Rudy Grommen.

Rudy will join a team of riders who will take part in the "1200kms for Kids" charity event in October.

Over nine gruelling days, participants will pedal from the Sydney Children's Hospital Randwick, through country New South Wales, all the way up to the Royal Children's Hospital Brisbane to raise money for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and the Children's Health Foundation.

Their travels will take them from Sydney though to Newcastle, Muswellbrook, Tamworth, Armidale, Glen Innes, Warwick and Ipswich before arriving in Brisbane.

This will be the first time Mr Grommen, a Goodna Real Estate agent, has taken part in this particular charity ride, but says the long distance has not put him off the challenge.

"I love riding my bike," Mr Grommen said.

"I usually ride anywhere up to 350km a week. So I feel pretty confident about how I will go in this charity ride. I have participated in other charity rides, but not this one and I look forward to raising money for sick children and the hospitals."

More than $27,000 has been raised Australia-wide so far.

All of the money raised from the ride goes towards investing in research and buying life-saving medical equipment.

To donate to the cause, visit

1200kms for Kids

  • The inaugural ride was held in 2006.
  • Over the past seven years the ride has raised more than $500,000 for both hospitals.
  • The starting city for the ride alternates from year to year.
  • This year's ride will start on Monday, October 13, and finish on Tuesday, October 21.

Topics:  1200kms for kids, children's health foundation, humpty dumpty foundation, rudy grommen

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