Horsley Park boy set to go the distance in MS Sydney to Gong Bike Ride

Horsley Park's Michael Ruhs is setting the wheels in motion for the upcoming MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride by holding a fundraiser at his school next week.

Horsley Park's Michael Ruhs is setting the wheels in motion for the upcoming MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride by holding a fundraiser at his school next week.

A HORSLEY Park boy is setting the wheels in motion for the MS Sydney to the Gong Bike Ride by holding a fund-raiser at his school next week.

Michael Ruhs said he wanted to raise as much money as he could for the cause after watching his mother Tina and uncle Steven Demertjis, who has MS, take part in the event.

He has arranged to hold an MS stall in this year's South West Festival in a bid to raise funds.

The event will be held at his school, Thomas Hassall Anglican College in Middleton Grange, on Saturday, August 16.

This year's MS ambassador Stephen Papadopoulos will be in attendance to raise awareness about the auto-immune disease, as well as handing out flyers.

Michael will also be holding a raffle with prizes such as a bike and furniture vouchers to be won.

"This is my very first MS Gong Ride and after watching my mum and my uncles ride for the last six years, I am finally allowed to ride," he said.

"I am riding because my uncle Steven has MS and I am inspired to help him and others with MS.

"At the moment I don't know if I will ride 56 kilometres or the 90 kilometres but I can't wait for the experience of riding with my mum, my uncles and my year 6 teacher Mr Hazlewood, who promised me he would ride alongside me."

Last year, his mother Tina was the highest individual fund-raiser at the event — raising $76,543.

Her team Gong Ballistic, came third in the team fund-raisers at $92,423.

Michael said he now wants to beat his mother by becoming the highest youngest fund-raiser at the event.

He has already raised $1480.

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