GETTING sponsorship has been more of a challenge this year for Apex Postie Ride participants David Charlick and new addition Mark Keller.
Second year entrant David Charlick said he has found there has been fewer interest from businesses this year which he puts down to economic times or other charitable events seeking funds.
“We’ve put a lot more sponsorships out this year than last, we are now at a similar fi scal amount as last.
David and Mark are both sitting at approximately $1200 each.
“No one knows what is happening and everyone is tightening their budget,” he said.
David and Mark have approached businesses from Bordertown, Naracoorte, Padthaway and even Adelaide.
Now on his fi rst year entry, Mark said he is thrilled to be heading off with friend David.
“Last year I missed out, but it should be a lot of fun, it’s for a great cause.”
Riders will leave on October 11 and return on the 14th.
Accumulated sponsorships by all competitors this year has now reached $28,968.
The event is expecting 100 keen riders, travelling 1000 km in four days on their postie bike’s through the picturesque Flinders Ranges and outback South Australia.
They will cover some of the toughest and most challenging off road terrain in SA.
Last year’s event had just over 80 riders travel to raise over $100,000 for the Cancer Council of South Australia.
Money raised has seen the foundation buy and build one respite cabin while also completely fi tting it out with furniture.
The foundation is currently in the process of buying another.
Each unit becomes self-funding as when not in use by cancer patients, they will be offered to the general public for paid accommodation.
For more information visit the Apex Postie Ride website.