THE Great Murray River Postie Challenge is being held this October.
The inaugural challenge, a three-day event, allows people with Honda 110s to embark on a ride around areas in the Campaspe, Murray River, Moira and Gannawarra shires from October 27-29.
The Challenge looks to visit areas including Barham, Deniliquin and Barmah Forest.
Event co-ordinator Dick Phillips says that it gives riders the chance to dust off their Honda 110 and take it for a ride whilst raising money for charity.
‘‘Horizon Committee Inc. has been involved in fundraising for cancer support services since 2004 and raised more than $1.6 million, mainly through the Murray Charity Meander and Echuca-Moama’s Biggest Ever Blokes lunch.’’
It is believed that the Postie Challenge will enhance the committee’s capacity to generate funds which will be donated to assist local prostate support services.
Phillips said that the primary reason for the challenge is to raise funds to support prostate cancer services.
For the challenge, Horizon Committee Inc. is organising the event in conjunction with the Male Bag Ride Foundations, who in previous years have conducted postie rides since 2013, when 25 participants rode from Perth to Melbourne.
‘‘Whilst this won’t be as difficult as the Trans-Nullarbor ride, it will still provide plenty of road surface variation from bitumen to unsealed roads and bush tracks.
The scenery will be just as contrasting, with wide open paddocks of crop and grazing country to the majestic gums of the Barmah/Millewa Forest and the Murray River.
Not only that, participants will also get to enjoy some of the best local hospitality including award winning restaurants plus historic and unique venues.’’
There is a $600 entry fee, that will secure the participants place for the three day event.
The entry fee includes three nights accommodation plus three breakfasts, lunches and dinners, as well as event merchandise.
‘‘Your fuel top ups will be provided and we have mechanical services on hand for minor repairs.
In case of major failure we will be able to take the participant and their bike back to Echuca-Moama.’’
However, it is a condition of entry that all participants organise at least $1000 in donations or sponsorship, as it is the main source of fundraising.
‘‘Of course the more the better,’’ Phillips said.
‘‘Already we have over 30 riders including Peter Walsh, Victorian MP, and Campaspe Shire Mayor, Adrian Weston.
Hawthorn and Carlton football legend David Parkin will be riding, as the patron of the Male Bag Foundation, and Bendigo prostate cancer specialist nurse, Dave Heath, will be riding to promote mens health initiatives.’’
There will also be the opportunity for those who want to participate, but don’t have the postie bike, to be able to purchase one.
For a reserve price of $1970 each, the bike comes with a roadworthy certificate and serviced.
So why not raise money for prostate cancer, whilst riding a postie bike?
Can’t get any better.
Any further information and for an application to participate contact Dick Phillips on 0458 802 211.