Let's Ride ! Sydney to Surfers
Supporting Father Chris Riley's Youth Off The Streets
Update 19 September 2022
The Ride Organising Committee met a few days ago and have decided to proceed with planning for a 2023 Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride.
Yes, it’s on!
At this early stage we can announce that:
- the ride will begin on Saturday 29 April 2023 in Hornsby and conclude with the final day’s group ride into Surfers Paradise on Friday 5 May 2023;
- appropriate risk management and COVID-19 safety plans and requirements (including vaccination and/ or testing conditions, if necessary) will be reviewed in conjunction with Rotary, our suppliers and venues;
- we expect registrations will open in December or January subject to a final decision to proceed when police and other approvals are in place;
- the ride fee and fundraising requirements are being reviewed – these arrangements have been unchanged for many years and we expect that an increase will be necessary to ensure we can cover the increased costs of running the event; and
- as advised previously, funds raised by riders who had registered for the 2020 ride will be carried forward to the 2023 ride.
We will continue to keep you informed of progress with planning for the 2023 ride …. we are so glad to be able to welcome you back to the Sydney to Surfers’ Robbo’s Ride!
About the ride
The annual Sydney to Surfers Robbo’s Ride is Australia’s premier long distance charity cycling event. The ride is in it’s 22nd year and has raised well over $3million for Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets.
Robbo’s Ride raises much needed funds for Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets.
Youth Off The Streets supports chronically homeless and drug addicted young Australians as they work to turn their lives around.
The goal is that these young people will leave their care drug free, with a high school education, living skills and a full or part time job in hand.
There is simply no better cause.
Our major sponsor
Macsim Fastening Systems are delighted to be involved in the ride – as a leading supplier of fasteners we know it’s the little things that hold the big things together! Our contribution is one of the little things and I just want to acknowledge the big things: the work of Rotary Club of Engadine, the Youth of the Streets team and the riders.
I congratulate them on making such a big difference in the lives of so many deserving young people.
Our riders say . . . .
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The first Sydney to Surfers Ride was staged by the Rotary Club of Engadine in 1999 to raise funds for Father Chris Riley’s Youth Off The Streets. Since then, this popular annual event has raised more than $3 million to support the important programs delivered by YOTS team.
The Ride was the brainchild of Rotary member, Ken “Robbo” Robinson who was the inspiration and driving force behind its continued success for many years. Sadly, Robbo passed away in 2016.
In his memory, Fraser Mackay-Sim (Managing Director, of the ride’s key sponsor, Macsim Fastenings) asked that the name of the event be changed to acknowledge Robbo’s pivotal influence which sustained the ride for so many years.
As all who knew Robbo would confirm, Ken was a larger than life person who always had the glass half full view on life and his inspiration and vision was second to none. He was a positive influence on all who knew him and with the addition of his nickname ‘Robbo’ to the name of the ride, he will always be remembered as the pioneer of the Sydney to Surfers “Robbo’s” Ride.