VISIT: Former prime minister Tony Abbott discusses charity work with sub-branch president John Skinner.
VISIT: Former prime minister Tony Abbott discusses charity work with sub-branch president John Skinner. Contributed

Abbott pedals into Warwick RSL, lycra and all

FORMER Prime Minister Tony Abbott took time off his Pollie Peddlers charity bike ride on Monday night to visit the Warwick RSL Sub-Branch.

An informal gathering of RSL board members, their wives and other members including Mayor Tracy Dobie, joined Mr Abbott and members of his bike riding contingent in the Flanders Room at the RSL Memorial Club.

Mr Abbott and the Pollie Peddlers are riding to raise money for the Soldier On organisation and in the 22 years the event has been held the group raised more than $1.5 million.

The group of 14 riders included several members of Soldier On and other veterans who rode into Warwick slightly ahead of Mr Abbott, who was held up with business on the road from Woodenbong.

Having to ride from Killarney to Warwick into a strong head-wind didn't seem to concern the fit former prime minister although he was pleased to dismount and meet the Sub-Branch crew in the somewhat warmer confines of the Warwick RSL Memorial Club.

During a short speech, Mr Abbott spoke about the Soldier On organisation and the assistance it gives to the veteran community.

This assistance includes counselling, provision of advocacy, pensions and welfare advice, assistance with applications to the Department of Veterans' Affairs and much more.

In welcoming Mr Abbott to Warwick, Sub-Branch president John Skinner said it was more than a pleasure to have him visit, it was an honour, particularly as this was his only engagement in town.

The Pollie Peddlers left Warwick at 7am this morning after a farewell from the council and supporters at Leslie Park.



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