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Big-hearted residents dig deep to raise funds and Ride for Wishes

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The kilometres are ticking over on the exercise bikes at ACH Group’s Kapara Residential Care Home as a bold and energetic group of residents take part in making wishes a reality for children with critical illness.

Sixteen residents from the aged care facility are riding or walking to raise funds for Make-A-Wish’s fundraising campaign ‘Ride for Wishes’ held throughout March.

Mel, pictured above left, is 92 and will ride 10 kilometres.

“In my younger years I did some competitive riding for a cycling club. I ride now to keep active,” Mel says.

“I worked for local government throughout my career and therefore was very connected to my community and was also involved in charities.

“I like raising money for charity.”

In another fine effort, Rose, 78, pictured above right, will walk a sensational 20 kilometres.

Markers have been placed in the hallways of the Glenelg South care home for residents to record their distance.

I worked for local government throughout my career and therefore was very connected to my community and was also involved in charities. I like raising money for charity.

Mel, 92

“I like fundraising for children,” Rose says.

“When many people are involved in fundraising it can make a big difference.”

ACH Group CEO Frank Weits says the fundraising challenge is a great example of what goes around, comes around.

“Ride for Wishes has supported residents to stay active and is an opportunity to give back to others, which residents are passionate about,” he says.

The team at Kapara has a fundraising goal of $1000 and anyone keen donate to the team and support Make-A-Wish can do so by clicking here.

Ride for Wishes has supported residents to stay active and is an opportunity to give back to others, which residents are passionate about.

CH Group CEO, Frank Weits

ACH Group is a not-for-profit community organisation promoting opportunities and services to support good lives for older people since 1952.

As well as accommodation options across Adelaide and the Fleurieu Peninsula, the group offers a range of health, wellbeing, respite, and support services, help at home and social activities.

The organisation’s 1800 specialist staff and hundreds of volunteers share the belief that older people should be valued and respected, connected to their communities and in control of their lives.

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