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Nathalia group raises record funds

Ten Nathalia and District Lions Club members took to the open road in May and raised a record donation of $46 037 for Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Found. ation.

KAITLIN THALS November 12, 2012 8:30am

John and Sue Loader and Stewart Barnes.

Ten Nathalia and District Lions Club members took to the open road in May and raised a record donation of $46037 for Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Found-ation.

The group — know as the Posties from Perth — set off on the 3471km journey from Perth to Nathalia in aid of the research.

However, their mode of transport was quite unique, travelling the long and testing trip on vintage Honda CT110 postie motorcycles in just 10 days.

Yesterday, the posties proudly handed over the funds to the foundation as distinguished guests, family and friends watched on.

The group members were recognised by the foundation for their record fundraising efforts, achieving the Neil Williams Diamond Award and Black Opal Award for outstanding dedication and service.

‘‘It’s fantastic, we’re so thrilled,’’ club member Sue Loader said.

‘‘With the Nathalia Lions, we’re a bit of an achiever club and take on something as a challenge. This means a lot because we’ve put in so much effort and to get support from everywhere and raise a lot of money, we’re achieving more awareness for the foundation that way.’’

The posties have been invited to Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital this month to meet with a researcher who has been sponsored by the foundation for 12 months.

The News followed the riders on their journey via the group’s Facebook page, and met them when they arrived in Nathalia.

During their adventure they made regular pit stops at towns to raise funds and awareness for the cause.

Mrs Loader said they chose to support the foundation because ‘‘research started with children’’.

‘‘After the floods in Nathalia we weren’t expecting everyone could be so generous, but the local support was amazing, ’’ Mrs Loader said.

‘‘We’ve just started planning another trip, so keep posted.’’

The Posties from Perth thanked individuals, businesses and services who sponsored the ride and for the generous donations.

For more information about Australian Lions Childhood Cancer Research Foundation, or to make a donation, visit To see photos from the posties’ journey, visit Facebook page Posties from Perth.

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