Late Mail charity ride in the post at Windeyer bound for Mudgee

READY FOR DELIVERY: The Late Mail Postie Bike Ride about to depart from Windeyer on Saturday.

READY FOR DELIVERY: The Late Mail Postie Bike Ride about to depart from Windeyer on Saturday.

The Late Mail Postie Ride left Windeyer on Saturday morning bound for Mudgee – via an over 1000km detour – to raise funds to help take the burden off rural families of children with serious illness.

This year’s journey takes the group from Windeyer to Jenolan Caves, Braidwood, and as far south as Jindabyne, before returning through Tumbarumba, Grenfell, and Molong.

They’re due to return to Mudgee on Friday afternoon (October 13) at Robertson Park.

The ride raises money to support Wings4Kidz, who provide free transport for kids from rural and regional NSW to vital medical treatment, saving families time, money and the stress from being away from home.

And having raised $100,000 in each of the last two events the fundraising target for 2017 has been lifted to $150,000.

Wings4Kidz CEO Brendan Crane – who takes part in the ride – said that the charity has flourished in its early days and big part of that is the ride, which grew out of the local region. 

“Without events like the Late Mail ride Wings4Kidz couldn’t continue to do the flights,” he said.

“The organisation can do what it needs to do because of these guys out here raising this money, not to mention it’s a great way of spreading the word on what we do from a charity standpoint.

“This year we’re on track to do 400 flights, we’ve only been a registered charity for 15 months, which is another step towards our 1000 flight goal for NSW.”

Late last year Wings4Kidz flew their first family out of Mudgee Airport, for then seven-year-old Sarah Patterson and her family, taking her to chemo treatment.

They are a not-for-profit charity, their aircraft are registered for commercial operation, and pilots are carefully selected for their skills and experience to ensure the highest level of safety is provided for patients.

To stay updated on the ride’s progress check out the Facebook page THELATEMAIL​. And to donate online, visit give.everydayhero.com/au/the-late-mail-postie-bike-ride-2017/members

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