Big trip for Esperance connection

31 Aug, 2005 08:45 PM

TWO Esperance women plan to cycle from Perth to their home town in 11 days as part of their bid to raise $10,000.

Bev Stewart and Lee-anne Chambers plan to donate at least $4000 towards maintaining the Esperance Room at Perth's Ronald McDonald House, which accommodates families of sick children.

The rest of the money will be donated to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Mrs Stewart was at the forefront of raising money for the Esperance Room three years ago after her grandson Jake needed treatment at Princess Margaret Hospital for Children.

Although the unit is not specifically for Esperance people to stay in, it contains images of Esperance with an ocean theme and Mrs Stewart said local people would still like to maintain the connection.

"The time for the room expires at the end of the year so if Esperance wants to keep it in Esperance's name then we have to come up with the money," Mrs Stewart said.

The rooms at Ronald McDonald House need to be revamped every five years due to their heavy use.

The two women have been training for the ride and took part in the chaplaincy ride from Norseman to Esperance two months ago.

They plan to start their ride on October 1 from Armadale and to finish on October 12 in Esperance, going via Brookton, Wagin, Broomehill, Mt Barker, Albany, Wellstead, Jerramungup and Munglinup.

They will travel 981km - with one rest day.

The women hope to have money pledged before they take off, though they will take donations during the ride.

An account has been opened at BankWest for people to make donations.


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