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Mates raise money on road to Splendour

Jessica CuthbertAlbany Advertiser
The riders began their trip on Saturday
Camera IconThe riders began their trip on Saturday Credit: Margaret Walmsley

Five mates.

Four postie bikes and one support car.

More than 4500kms.

Albany to Byron Bay.

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A group of friends will be riding the iconic Australian postie bike from Albany to Byron Bay to raise money and awareness for Black Dog Ride.

Post me to Splendour, an idea discussed over a few beers has turned into a charity ride raising money and awareness of mental health illnesses and suicide prevention.

The riders will be raising awareness on the road until they reach their destination, the Splendour In The Grass music festival.

Perth Riders, Pierce Degray and William Snellex
Camera IconPerth Riders, Pierce Degray and William Snellex Credit: supplied

One of the riders, Reece Kidd said the idea of the postie bikes originally surfaced when some mates were in the process of modifying the Australian icons.

“We are always up for an adventure and these bikes seemed to fit the bill perfectly on this occasion, sometimes the more difficult something is, the more rewarding it is and you have more fun,” he said.

All proceeds and donations of the boys trip is going to Black Dog Ride, for depression and suicide prevention, something that was important to the riders.

“Black Dog Ride works well for us as it combines the awareness of depression and suicide prevention, plus also the factor that it involves bikes, what better way than riding your bike around part of the country to raise money for these guys and the avenues that they support,” Mr Kidd said.

“All of the guys from Black Dog Ride have been really helpful along the way and made it really easy, it’s been fun and it’s great to know we are helping others out in the process too.”

Albany riders Gylnn McBeath, Reece Kidd and James Walmsley
Camera IconAlbany riders Gylnn McBeath, Reece Kidd and James Walmsley Credit: Post me to Splendour

Mr Kidd said the main aim of the ride was to have an amazing adventure with mates and raise money and awareness for a great cause, close to their hearts.

The riders, Reece Kidd, James Walmsley and Glynn Mcbeath from Albany and William Snellex and Pierce Degray from Perth departed Albany on Saturday for their 12 day ride across Australia.

They aim to raise $15,000.

To follow the guys or to donate, check out their Post Me To Splendour Facebook page.

Readers seeking support and information about suicide prevention can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14. Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467.

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