The Tamworth Dogs are ready to join a record 62 riders in the first ever Variety Postie Dash to start and finish in their hometown.
While the move from Newcastle to Tamworth has seen the Postie Dashers almost double their numbers, the Tamworth wolfpack has also grown, with eight members ready to roll.
The Dogs have already raised a combined $15,000 of their $30,000 target, which is why veteran dog Dave Doherty can’t praise the charity enough.
Before the convoy leave the Fitzroy Street Plaza on Sunday morning they will present a grant for a 3D printer to St Nic’s, which will primarily be used to help a vision impaired student.
Along the way the posties will also drop into schools at Bundarra, Glen Innes, Nymboida, Tormina and Bulimbalal “with donations of equipment and resources to ensure the kids at these schools don’t miss out.”
Those donations includes vital resources such as computer coding equipment, 3D printers and sensory equipment.
“With a lot of charities you make a donation and walk away, but with Variety you get to see the money in action,” Mr Doherty said.
“It is hard not to have a tear in your eye sometimes when we make a donation that is going to make a child’s life easier or better – it certainly makes me realise how lucky I am.”
The ride will also see that the age old New England rivalry is still alive and well with an eight member Black Widow team from Armidale going wheel to wheel with the Tamworth Dogs, all in the name of fun.
The move to Tamworth has already paid off for Variety, as the riders look like raising “over $150,000 to help Aussie kids overcome barriers to reach their full potential.”
“There are a lot of riders and sponsors coming out of the New England region such as Tamex and First National,” Mr Doherty said.
“Hopefully they start in Tamworth again next year before moving to another regional town.”
The six-day ride will take back roads as far north as Kempsey and Coffs Harbour before arriving back on Friday November 9.
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