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Wallsend retired postie making a dash for charity

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Local legend has it that no one knows postie bikes like Wallsend bike mechanic Lenny Muddle.

Spending his childhood belting around paddocks on one, he then forged a 40-year career as a specialised postie bike mechanic for Australia Post in the Newcastle region.

Now retired, Lenny prefers to mount the saddle on one of his 20 iconic two-wheelers one a year when he takes part in the annual Variety Postie Bike Dash.

In 2022, he will ride the 1,400 kilometres from Armidale across six days, leaving this Sunday October 30.

He will be joined by 64 riders ranging in age from 21 to 73 years old.

The group will ride from Armidale and pass through 11 small townships including Barraba, Inverell, Applethorpe, Warwick, Ashford and Glenn Innes.

The Children’s Charity NSW/ACT ninth annual Postie Bike Dash is aiming to raise $35,000 for much-needed equipment and resources at seven small schools that feature enroute.

Riders will be decked out in novelty themes including Postie Dogs, Wascally Wabbits, Pirates, Animals, Dusty Sistas, Mad Cows and seasoned Postie Dash team.

Lenny will once again ride his old style postie bike for the Dash, a CT 110 – the bike that has helped him already raise close to $50,000 for Variety’s kids in need.

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Variety Children’s Charity. Photos: Peter Stoop

Variety NSW/ACT executive director David Small says the event has grown in popularity since it first hit the road in 2014.

“The Postie Bike Dash is a unique event that brings together riders of all ages – from their early 20s through to 70s and people from all walks of life with two things in common, a postie bike and a desire to help kids in need,” he said.

“They may all begin the event as strangers, but everyone crosses the finish line as friends having shared an incredible six days of adventures together delighting communities along the way.”

Variety impacted the lives of more than 28,500 kids in 2021, thanks to the generosity of its supporters, including those who take part in its events.

Participants are required to raise at least $2,000 to join the Dash with the funds helping to support children in NSW and the ACT who are sick, experiencing disadvantage or living with a disability. 

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