Tamworth dogs raise over $18,000 for Variety Postie Bike Dash

Dogs day out:  The Tamworth Postie Dash crew raised over $18,000 between them and enjoyed every minute of the 1400km round trip. Photo: Chelsea Russell
Dogs day out: The Tamworth Postie Dash crew raised over $18,000 between them and enjoyed every minute of the 1400km round trip. Photo: Chelsea Russell

The age old battle of postie verse dog was thrown out the window last week when six Tamworth locals, dressed as dogs, joined the 40 strong Variety Postie Bike Dash, raising $155,000 along the way.

Leader of the pack: Dave Doherty leads the Tamworth wolf pack on the fourth annual Variety Postie Dash. Photo: Chelsea Russell

Leader of the pack: Dave Doherty leads the Tamworth wolf pack on the fourth annual Variety Postie Dash. Photo: Chelsea Russell

For old dogs Peter Brasel and David Doherty this was their fourth dash after signing up for the inaugural run, while Wayne Greenwood and Neil Albert enjoyed their second and third run respectively, with Cameron Colless and Garry Littlejohns taking their maiden voyages.

Sly dogs: They went on the Postie run, but they can't hide. Photo: Chelsea Russell

Sly dogs: They went on the Postie run, but they can't hide. Photo: Chelsea Russell

The crew raised an amazing $18,136 for Variety, and for Mr Doherty that is “sensational”, as the postie gang dropped into schools and organisations along the way to distribute some of the funds, including Attunga Public.

The full crew outside the Inverell Post Office on the fourth annual Variety Postie Bike Dash. Photo: Chelsea Russell

The full crew outside the Inverell Post Office on the fourth annual Variety Postie Bike Dash. Photo: Chelsea Russell

“Often you donate and don’t see where it goes, but with the Dash you get to see where it goes – you get to see the smiles on kids faces – that is gold,” he said.

The round loop went from Newcastle to Inverell and back, mostly on back roads and dirt, while the dirty dogs favourite leg was zigzagging down the range from Inverell to Attunga via Kingstown and Warrabah National Park.