Clare’s Mark Hendry is set to take part in the Apex Outback Postie Bike ride later this month, one of the toughest motorbike challenges in the state.
It is Mark’s first time taking part in the event and he said he was feeling up to tackling the grueling challenge.
“I have been involved with the Apex Club in Clare for about four years now and it is something that I have wished to do,” he said.
“I have rode dirt bikes previously, not in the last five or 10 years but when I was younger.
“We are doing 150 to 250 kilometers a day so I think my body will feel it, but it is all for a good cause and that is the main thing.”
Ninety riders will take their Honda CT110 Postie Bikes through the Flinders Rangers on some of SA’s harshest off-road terrain for around a total of 1000km, all in the name of charity.
A minimum of $500 needed to be raised in order for Mark to take part in the run, which he achieved and then some raising a grand total of $1615 at the time of writing.
Mark said he hoped to be up around $3000 by the start of the run, with a major sponsor promising to match his total dollar for dollar.
“One of my major sponsors have said to me and promised that any money I raised about two weeks ago, which was $1500, they would match dollar for dollar,” he said.
“So that will be another $1500 to go towards that, and then I am holding a raffle at the post office where Apex will be selling tickets for me.
“I am hoping I will get up around three and a half in total.”
All the money raised from the run will be donated to the Apex Foundation to help provide free accommodation at the Apex Copper Coast Retreats in Wallaroo.
The retreats were built in 2014 in partnership with Cancer Council SA as a way of providing families suffering from cancer with a place to relax and escape for a week free of charge.
The run will last for a total of four days starting this Thursday, with some of this years tracks among the most difficult in the event’s history.