With an expected field of 400 plus riders the annual Mailrun Charity Bike Ride, through the countryside of Singleton's eastern districts, will take place on Sunday, April 14 from 7:00am.
The popular event will again offer riders four different course options – a 20km, 40km, 65km or 100km ride.
These scenic routes were inspired by the ride's original organiser Ken Dreaper's childhood experience of delivering mail with his father.
From 1958 to 1967 Ken's father had the Mailrun contract in the Scotts Flat, Glendon, Mitchells Flat, Glendonbrook and Westbrook area.
He would travel this route six days a week in his Holden car and as a kid Ken would wake early on a Saturday morning and during the school holidays to accompany him.
Once again all the funds raised are again earmarked for Singleton Family Support (SFS).
A local not-for-profit that helps families to become confident and empowered to make positive, independent decisions.
SFS, manager Lindsay Rutherford wanted to especially thanks the major sponsor Quarry Mining.
"They have agreed to a three year sponsorship deal worth $18,000 which is absolutely fabulous as this event is our organisation's major annual fundraiser," she said.
In the four years that Mailrun has donated its proceeds to SFS the organisation has received $120,000.
This money is used to run their supported playgroups that are held each Thursday for young children and their carers who can come-along and enjoy playing and other creative activities while making new friends both for themselves and their carers.
SFS will also use some of the monies raised to work with families with children who have disabilities.
A raffle is run in conjunction with the event and this year's prizes are:
1. Apollo Giro 10 road bike; 2. Bryton Rider 410C GPS cycle computer;3. Topeak Hybrid CO2/mini pump.
There will be a BBQ at the end of the ride and participants will also have access to the Gym and Swim facilities.
More information at: https://www.themailrun.org