Going postal in support of needy kids

This article has photo gallery Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), Mudgee Guardian Photographer Sam Potts (photographer)

Location(s): Coolyal, New South Wales, Bundle, New South Wales, Bingara, New South Wales, Mudgee, New South Wales

Topic(s): Charities, Fundraising & Community

Chief Petty Officer Jim Lawless rides a Navy branded postie bike through Mudgee as part of the Late Mail postie bike ride. (photo: Unknown)
Chief Petty Officer Jim Lawless rides a Navy branded postie bike through Mudgee as part of the Late Mail postie bike ride.

After seven days and close to 1,750 kilometres on a 'postie' bike, Chief Petty Officer Physical Training Instructor Jim Lawless has raised over $2,650 for charity Wings4Kidz.

He joined around 30 people for the event, the 'Late Mail Postie Bike Ride' which raised funds for the charity that provides free flight and ground transport services for sick children and their families in rural and regional areas. 

The riders used the same 110CC motorbikes that Australia Post uses to deliver mail across the country, to traverse rural and regional New South Wales.

“We started in Cooyal and headed north up through Nundle and Bingara to the Queensland border, before heading south and ending in Mudgee,” Chief Petty Officer Lawless said.

“Travelling those distances, helps you to understand what families of sick kids go through, just to get treatment. For those families it can be expensive and exhausting, so it was good to help.”

A personal experience with cancer led Chief Petty Officer Lawless to volunteer for the ride.

“I lost a great friend, my mother-in-law, Shirley, to cancer quite recently. We lost her in three short weeks, so I can only imagine how parents feel losing a child. This was just a small thing I could do to help.”
 
With his bike branded in the familiar camouflague of the Disrupted Pattern Navy Uniform, Chief Petty Officer Lawless was hard to miss.

“Everyone commented on the bike, it got lots of positive reactions, he said,”

In total the ride raised more than $102,000 with 100 per cent of the funds being directed to the charity’s flight program.  
Donations can be made at https://give.everydayhero.com/au/2016