There are still a couple more collection tins still around the town to collect, but Armidale City Public School participants in the Burning Miles Ride to Uralla will present a cheque to BlazeAid's Tony Samuels tomorrow afternoon, November 5, at their school assembly.
About $4000 was raised by an event organised by two 12-year-old lads on the weekend, which saw seven primary school students and three adults ride their bicycles from Bellevue Oval in Armidale to Alma Park at Uralla.
Lochie Robinson and Nathan Smith are not only Year-6 students, they are also great mates and organisers of the event.
Lochie's mum, Christy Robinson, was very proud of their effort.
"When they opened up an account with Westpac, they offered to print all the riders up a T-shirt," she said.
"They went around town and asked a lot of local businesses to sponsor them and put their sponsorship logos on their T-shirts.
"They left at 7am on Saturday, November 2 and made it to Uralla in two hours riding time. They did make good time, two-and-a-half hours all up."
Christy said there were 28 sponsors backing the ride with the major sponsors being Johnson and Kennedy Freight Service, Peter Cameron Insurance Broker and Westpac.
Silver sponsors were Austbrokers NTIB, GrazAg, Moin Morris & Schaefer Lawyers and Solicitors, Moxons Bakery, Professionals Armidale, and Ray White Armidale.
Others included Armidale Locksmiths, Armidale Outdoors, Boobooks, Cuttle Plumbing, David Glock Automotive, JT Cupboards and Killen's Smash Repairs.
Kristy said the boys were grateful for all the locals and local businesses who supported them.
"I think they've learnt that anyone, even kids, who are willing to give their time and effort, can make a big difference," she said.
"As parents, we are proud to have kids that care and are willing to act to help others in need."
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