Armidale visited by the Variety Postie Bike Dash that donated funds to Drummond Memorial School.

PULLING up in droves, the Variety Postie Bike Dash enjoyed a breakfast on Armidale.

The charity is raising funds for Drummond Memorial School.

Organiser Victor Sheil said country roads make for an interesting ride on a postie bike.

“They’re really not designed for what we’re doing with them, so it’s a bit of a challenge on some of the roads,” Mr Sheil said.

“They haven’t got a lot of horsepower, they haven’t got a long range.

“It’s a challenge that we put ourselves through to have a bit of fun, they’re adventurous sort of guys and they’re enjoying the NSW countryside.”

In Armidale, volunteers Kay Endres, Anthony Williams, David Boundy and Gus Mackie helped cook a breakfast for the riders before they hit the road again.

Even the famous Postman Pat stopped by on his postie bike for an egg and bacon roll.

Six of the 40 riders came from Armidale, and the money raised will be spent on a sensory gym for kids with sensory difficulties.

Early Intervention teacher at Drummond Memorial School Karen Thorn said the money would help kids gain skills to enable them to take part in everyday activities.

The ride left from Newcastle and will travel through outback NSW over six days, their next stop is Inverell.

Variety Children’s Charity regional development head Jason Bourke said the ride is a fun way to help children in regional areas get a fair go.

“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.

“The team at First National Newcastle City are honoured to support the Variety Postie Bike Dash,” George Rafty said.

“Kids are our future and we are thrilled to be able to support a unique and fund event that raises funds to support the work of Variety which makes such a big difference in the Hunter and across NSW.

“We wish the 40 odd riders from all over Australia the best of luck and hope they travel safe and meet their fundraising goals.”

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. It then heads to Inverell, Attunga, Gunnedah, Wallabadah and Scone before returning to Newcastle on November 10.


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