First National is demonstrative in its community support through a range of major sponsorships and donations incorporating the NBL Perth Wildcats, Ronald McDonald House Charities' Ride For Sick Kids, Summer of Surf, the Young Achievers Awards, Netball NSW Schools’ Cup and much more.
Our members' participation in the Ronald McDonald House Charities Ride For Sick Kids showcases First National Foundation’s commitment to community, with total donations now exceeding $250,000 since 2013.
Riders took to the roads in Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, and New South Wales in 2016, improving recognition for First National Foundation supporters, many of whom received significant local press coverage as a result of their participation and the Foundation’s $80,000 donation.
FN Collie & Tierney’s Mark Thornton and Brenton Love (Mildura, Vic) achieved editorial in the Sunraysia Daily, for the second consecutive year, as a result of completing 800 kilometres of the route and raising nearly $5,000. FN Collie & Tierney donated $100 for every person who went and donated blood at Red Cross - twenty of its own dedicated team did so.
FN Tweed Sutherland’s Matt Leonard (Bendigo, Vic) rode from Bendigo to Gisborne in 40-degree heat, while FN L.J. Whorlow’s Sharon Whorlow (Sunbury, Vic) completed the Gisborne to Melbourne leg of the ride.
Despite being a late inclusion, FN Yamba (NSW) principal and triathlete, David Lovell successfully raised over $2,700 while Brett Lewis (FN Lewis Prior, Warradale, SA) raised over $12,000. FN Naracoorte hosted South Australia’s riders on their way down to Mt Gambier. FN Copley (Normanville, SA) and FN Nick van Vliet (Willunga, SA) also had the benefit of riders through their towns and showed their support. 17 South Australian members attended the dinner finale in support of Brett Lewis and the event.
In Western Australia, the ride stopped at key member locations including FN Augusta and FN Margaret River before finishing at Ronald McDonald House in Perth.
“This was my second time taking part in the Ride for Sick Kids and it was yet again another memorable event. It was tough riding over 1,000kms but I’ve made some lifelong friendships along the way. It was great to see a big group of First National members at the dinner finale in support of the riders but also for seriously ill children.”
First National Lewis Prior (Warradale, SA)
To better understand how members help members at First National, call Debbie Fletcher on 0413 624 307 or visit our website for more information.