Teenager turns the wheels to help sick kids

CYCLIST: 16-year-old Dylan Kaulins is riding 224 kilometres in the Ride for Sick Kids event to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charity.
CYCLIST: 16-year-old Dylan Kaulins is riding 224 kilometres in the Ride for Sick Kids event to raise money for the Ronald McDonald House Charity.

LOCAL cyclist Dylan Kaulins has been clocking up the kilometres on two wheels as he looks towards his next charity ride. 

The 16-year-old has already competed in the 2017 BUPA Challenge earlier this year where he raised $1,000 for Cancer Council Australia.  

His sights are now set on the two day ‘Ride for Sick Kids’ event in November where he will ride 224 kilometres from Tanunda to Ronald McDonald House in Adelaide.

Dylan also has plans to complete the Great Cycle Challenge in October where he has 4 weeks to ride 1,000 kilometres in the hopes of raising money to fight kids’ cancer.

With his longest ride to date sitting at 160 kilometres, the epic two-day-ride is a challenge that Dylan is both excited and nervous about. 

“When things get tough I think, ‘Just keep going’,” he said. 

“The legs went a bit dead with the 160 kilometre (ride) but I still found it relatively easy… I never thought about giving up.”

Dylan has dreams of becoming a professional cyclist in France, dreams that he got a taste of on his recent trip to Paris where he stood on the Champs-Élysées, the finishing spot for the Tour de France. 

But for now, his favorite spots are local where he can imagine himself in the picturesque setting of the French country side. 

“Horrocks Pass is a pretty big hill and going down it is quite fun, Quorn Pass is also a good challenge,” he said. 

While Dylan’s love for cycling is unquestionable, he also raises money for charities which are close to his heart.

“My cousin had Melanoma and 11 years ago my Pop passed away from cancer,” the cyclist said.

“I feel quite proud fundraising because most of it is from the community and that all goes towards cancer research to help others.”

Dylan’s latest fundraising efforts will be going to the Ronald McDonald House, a charity which helps families by reducing the financial burden of travelling to Adelaide with their children for treatment and gives them immediate access to a support network.

“I'm inspired by the work of Ronald McDonald House Charities and wanted to support them by raising money as part of my participation in Ride for Sick Kids SA 2017,” he said.

Dylan’s goal is to raise $1,500 before the ride and with $600 so far he is well on his way to achieving that.

He is currently accepting any donations, big or small, on his Everyday Hero page.

This story Dylan rides for charity first appeared on The Transcontinental.