4,000km, Postie Bikes and 15 riders on a mission to outsmart cancer and pay tribute to loved ones lost and diagnosed with the disease.
Postie Trek is a biennial event started by Daniel Kranz – a father of two from Firefly NSW, to raise much-needed funds for Australian Cancer Research Foundation. The incredible journey across parts of Australia provides an opportunity for Daniel and the other riders to reflect and remember the impact cancer has had on their lives.
To date, Postie Trek has raised over $77k for ACRF. With a route that spans rural towns across northern NSW and Queensland, the Postie Trek riders
and support staff will at times quadruple the population size of the communities they are visiting – including Bundarra, Moonie, Mitchell, Blackall, Stonehenge, Old Cork, Winton, Yakara, Quilpie, Byrock, Lightning Ridge and Barraba. The tour kicks off on 26 April 2019.
The first Postie Trek, held in 2016, was in memory of Daniel’s Uncle Den. An avid motorcycle fan, Den spent years working as a postie, and passed away from Pancreatic Cancer six-months post diagnosis – he was only in his fifties. The second event was inspired by his grandfather, Murray, who also passed away from cancer. This year, Daniel has set his fundraising target at 100k.
“I wanted to create something positive out of the negativity
of losing them,” says Daniel. “Because we had just lost a family member, we
wanted the money raised to go to front line projects, to stop anyone else from
going through what we had to. We wanted our kids not to have to worry about it.”
In between Postie Treks, Daniel’s wife Hannah was diagnosed
with Cervical Cancer. The young mum in her thirties underwent a hysterectomy to
remove her entire cervix. The experience has once again reinforced the impact
cancer has on all Australians – with one in three men, and one in four women
diagnosed with the disease before the age of 75.
Daniel was motivated to create Postie Trek after he was
unsatisfied to see similar events with high overheads. He felt very little of the
money raised was going towards the cause. Adamant that 100% of the money raised
from the event would go directly to the cause, Daniel and the riders rely on
community support wherever possible.
“Because of the drought and now the flood, we don’t anticipate as much help as previous years from the local community. It’s so hard to tell how much help we will get,” says Daniel. Postie Trek is rallying support wherever possible, and any donations will be truly appreciated.
At the core of the event, Postie Trek is a family
endeavouring to grapple with the impact of this devastating disease. “Postie
trek is trying to mend a family that’s still very much hurt” says Daniel.
Support to Postie Trek can be made via their Everyday
Hero page or Facebook page.