The 2017 Variety Postie Bike Dash paid a visit to GS Kidd Memorial School and donated $1620 to the school for new equipment

Students and teachers from GS Kidd Memorial school gathered this morning to welcome riders from the 2017 Variety Postie Bike Dash.

The riders arrived in Gunnedah on Wednesday after departing from Newcastle on November 5.

The ride has so far been through Krambach, North Haven, Bellbrook, Armidale, Inverell and Attunga raising money for kids all along the way.

Members of Variety presented GS Kidd Memorial School with a donation of $1620.

School principal Sharne Turpin said the school was excited to be hosting the riders.

“It was fantastic leading up to this event,” Ms Turpin said.

“I have to thank all of our staff and families because they have done everything to put on this breakfast here this morning including, buying the food, cooking everything and even cleaning up.

“We are really grateful for all the community support.”

Ms Turpin said the money donated by Variety will go towards new safety equipment and scooters for the school’s students.

“Two years ago we got scooters for the kids and they were so well loved that they got worn down and this money will go towards replacing them.

“The scooters will not only provide students with plenty of fun but they will also help improve their balance, mobility and hopefully teach the kids about fitness and health.”

Members of the 2017 Variety Postie Bike Dash set off from GS Kidd Memorial School

Variety motoring events manager Stuart Telfer said coming to the school was one of the highlights of the postie bike dash.

‘We love coming to the school, it’s a Variety favorite,” Mr Telfer said.

“We always say we try and put the fun back in fundraising and this is event today is a celebration of giving.”

Mr Telfer said it was enjoyable to donate to the school.

“We are in a position to help,” he said.

“By giving the school what they are after we can help ease the fundraising efforts for parents and the school community who all work exceptionally hard.

“Plus it is terrific for us to help kids get what they need.”

Mr Telfer said the ride across NSW had been an enjoyable one thus far.

“We have seen some amazing scenery,” he said.

“The amazing country landscape continues to change every few hours as we go different places.

“We have stuck to the back roads and avoided highways so we can really take in some of the magnificent scenery along the ride.”

The ride will continue on from Gunnedah to Wallabadah and Scone before returning to Newcastle on Friday 10 November.

Mr Telfer hopes the ride will continue to grow.

“We started with 20 bikes last year, now we have 40, hopefully it continues to grow,” he said.