THEY rolled through town in all shapes and colours but for one common cause – raising money for Variety, the Children’s Charity.
The Variety Postie Bike Dash is a six day charity ride throughout country New South Wales on Honda CT110 Postie Bikes.
The event goes off the beaten track – travelling through the bush and stopping in at rural towns and schools for meals and entertainment along the way.
Organiser Victor Sheil said dressing up is all part of the fun for the men.
“It’s our major fundraising event for the year and a bit of a challenge as the postie bikes aren’t made for the country roads.
“But the men have a lot of fun with it and enjoy the adventure.
“They head back to Newcastle today but because the bikes are a bit of a hazzard on the main road they will use all the back roads – through Gundy and Rouchel then to Singleton,” he said.
Staying overnight at The Willow Tree Hotel in Scone on Thursday, the traveling ‘posties’ enjoyed dinner and breakfast the next morning before they hit the road again for their final day back to Newcastle.
This year the 40 odd ‘posties’ aim to raise more than $135,000 for kids living with disabilities, chronic illness or who are facing financial or geographic disadvantage, with each entrant having to meet a $2,000 fundrasing target.
The six-day charity ride started at the Newcastle Yacht Club in Wickham on Sunday November 5 and travelled through Krambach, North Haven, Bellbrook, Armidale, Inverell, Attunga, Gunnedah, Wallabadah and Scone before returning to Newcastle on November 10.
Variety – the Children’s Charity Head of Regional Development Jason Bourke said the Postie Bike Dash was a fun way for those with a sense of adventure to help ensure kids in need in regional areas get a fair go in life.
“The money raised by our posties goes a long way to giving the schools visited vital resources such as sensory and play equipment, reading systems and specialist computers which they might not otherwise have access to,” he said.
The event is sponsored by First National Real Estate and Principal of First National Newcastle, George Rafty is excited their company can help give back to Aussie kids in need.
“Kids are our future and we are thrilled to be able to support a unique and fun event that raises funds to support the work of Variety which makes such a big difference in the Hunter and across NSW,” he said.