Grass Patch father to participate in Ride for Sick Kids

Grass Patch locals Christine, Brodie and Malcolm Longbottom. Photo: Supplied.
Grass Patch locals Christine, Brodie and Malcolm Longbottom. Photo: Supplied.

A Grass Patch father will hit the road for the third consecutive year in support of a cause close to his heart.

Malcolm Longbottom will cycle for 387 km across the northern Wheatbelt, with a goal to raise $35,000 for the Perth Ronald McDonald House.

Mr Longbottom will be joined by 19 other riders in the Ride for Sick Kids. The 20 riders have a total fundraising goal of $240,000.

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Mr Longbottom and his wife Christine have raised about $100,000 in the last two years.

The family have had extended stays at the Ronald McDonald House over the past 17 years, after their son Brodie was born in 2001 with a rare chromosome disorder.

"I'm so keen to do it because the regional people of WA use that house and it's basically a facility for them," Mr Longbottom said.

"We have obviously used it a lot. My wife has at times been in Perth with [Brodie] and has spent from a month to six months continually with him."

The house provides free accommodation, food, entertainment and social and emotional support for sick regional patients and their families.

The riders will begin their journey in Kalamunda on Saturday, May 4 and will then travel north-west for four days, before crossing the finish line in Perth on Tuesday, May 7.

Fundraising in support of Mr Longbottom's ride is already underway following a golf day fundraiser in Salmon Gums, which raised about $2500.

Mr Longbottom said he was looking forward to the ride although he expected it to be a challenge.

"It's a great ride to do because all the people are there to support a good cause and they're all good people," he said.

"It's a great ride to participate in.

"But I think it's going to be pretty challenging because there's a lot of hilly country where we're going."

Mr Longbottom will be completing the ride on a new bike after the Ride for Sick Kids WA bought him one to thank him for his efforts in 2017 and 2018.

To sponsor Mr Longbottom's ride click here.