Father’s quest to break fundraising record

A Grass Patch father has set his sights on breaking a fundraising record, when he rides more than 400 kilometres in May, for the Ronald McDonald House.

Malcolm Longbottom, affectionately known as Longy, has set an individual goal to raise $30,000, a goal that would top the previous rider record of $12,000.

As the determined father would put it, he’s prepared to knock that figure “way out of the park”.

Mr Longbottom said the Ronald McDonald House had accommodated his family and family friends over the years and he wanted to give back. 

The Ronald McDonald Ride for Sick Kids is an annual fundraising event that generally sees 30 riders take to their bikes and tour around country Western Australia. 

Making multiple trips to Perth for his disabled 16-year-old son Brodie, Mr Longbottom said the charity understood the needs of regional people going through tough times. 

The ride will be hosted over consecutive days, with participates travelling round 100 kilometres a day. 

Mr Longbottom said he would be the only person participating in the charity ride from the Esperance region. 

Setting up a fundraising page, Mr Longbottom has urged the community to get behind him and support his quest. 

Locally people can help out by heading along to a fundraiser night hosted by Mr Longbottom at the Grass Patch Hall on April 8.

Visit Mr Longbottom’s fundraising page via https://rfskwa2017.everydayhero.com/au/malcolm-longbottom