Postie bikes to deliver funds

THE Pelicans on Posties fundraising ride from Ballina to Darwin to aid Biala Special School and the Royal Flying Doctor Service is five months away, but spokesman Bill McInerney is already overwhelmed by the response to their bid to raise $100,000.

The Pelicans will leave on their unique fundraiser on July 20, riding Postie bikes through outback Queensland, into the Northern Territory and on to Darwin.

Barkly Homestead in the Northern Territory already has donated prizes for the Pelicans to raffle in the bar and a night's accommodation for all the Pelicans for their overnight stop.

And last week, when Bill contacted the Tambo Hotel in Queensland, the publican told Bill that they were flood-bound, with ankle-deep water in the pub, along with quite a few flood "refugees".

But still, the publican promptly made accommodation arrangements and emailed people in the surrounding districts to inform them of the fundraiser.

"People are prepared to give in this country," Bill said at last Friday's launch of the fundraiser, where it was announced that eight businesses - Byron Bay Scaffolding, Shaws Bay Hotel, Ballina Waterslide, Byron Bus Hire, Koellner Steel, Vado's Carpet Court, Bourke and Love Solicitors and B & T Sheds - had already pledged $1500 each to the fundraiser.

As well as the 20 Pelicans on Posties, the convoy will include support crew in trucks, plus Shaws Bay publican Brendan Byrne in his immaculate 1965 red Mustang convertible. "It's only ever done 300 miles a year. Now it's doing 3500km in 15 days!" Brendan said.

For more on the fundraiser or to donate, visit

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