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April 3, 2012

Newmerella Primary School students received a surprise visit from Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott last week when he rode into the school during the Lakes Entrance to Orbost leg of his Pollie Pedal journey.

Federal Member for Gippsland Darren Chester, who also stopped at the school during his ride to Orbost, was presenting shirts to the school’s leadership group when he announced that Mr Abbott would ride past later in the day.

Mr Abbott later arrived at the school and was greeted to a rousing reception from the entire school, including a rendition of ‘I am Australian’.

Mr Abbott spoke to the students about a range of issues and answered a number of questions. He was even invited over for roast pork by student Tim Osborn but unfortunately had to get back on his bike and continue his ride into Orbost.

The Pollie Pedal contingent of more than 60 riders were in East Gippsland on their journey from Geelong to Canberra to raise money for Carers Australia.

After leaving Orbost the group stayed in Bombala, then Cooma, before finishing the ride on Sunday at Parliament House in Canberra.

Since starting the annual event 10 years ago, Mr Abbott and his Pollie Pedal supporters have raised more than $2 million for charity.

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