Woolworth's employees raise $90,000 for Ride 4 Kids

Shane Darroch and Michael Colville have done the hard yards. 

The Woolworths employees have raised $90,000 dollars for Ride 4 Kids, a 1000-kilometre cycling challenge that lasted eight days.

“Wet lycra is not a great sight,” said Mr Colville, who described the wet weather conditions as a major challenge.

Sixteen volunteers from the Lucas Woolworths Supermarket and Victoria Police finished the ride on November 9.

The money raised was divided between TLC for Kids, Cops N Kids and Support 4 Cancer – organisations that support Victorian families with seriously ill children. 

Sergeant Dave Collins has volunteered for Cops N Kids for 16 years and joined the ride last year. 

“Fundraisers like this mean we don’t have to scrape for money,” said Sergeant Collins. 

Supported by a large sponsorship base, the team were treated to meals prepared by various local Woolworth stores and associations as they rode.

“Without our sponsors we would have struggled,” said Mr Darroch.

Mr Darroch and Mr Colville agree that while the ride was tough, it was nothing compared to the daily suffering sick children experience. 

The group aspire to increase their fundraising next year as they plan to start their route to Ballarat from Woolworths head office in Sydney.