Firies brave chill to ride

Bike 4 Burns rolls in to town

Central and North Burnett Times - - LOCAL NEWS - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

CEN­TRAL and North Bur­nett fire­fight­ers swapped their fire hel­mets for bike hel­mets last week.

But Gayn­dah Ru­ral Fire Bri­gade mem­ber Peter White­house was ill-pre­pared for the cold snap the 43 fire­fight­ers rode into on Thurs­day morn­ing, dur­ing the Bike 4 Burns ride.

The ride was to raise funds for the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal Bris­bane.

Mr White­house said he had been in train­ing three to four times a week for sev­eral months to get ready.

“When we came from Caloun­dra to Gympie, it was absolutely freez­ing,” he said. “Ev­ery hill hurt.” The four Cen­tral and North Bur­nett men rode 850km in seven days to raise money for burns re­search at the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, Bris­bane.

Monto Aux­il­iary Fire Bri­gade fire­fight­ers Greg Bar­nett, Justin His­cock and Marty Harm joined their Gayn­dah fire­fight­ing col­league on the epic jour­ney.

Start­ing at the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, 43 fire­fight­ers took on the North Coast Cir­cuit, which heads as far north as Gayn­dah, be­fore loop­ing back to Bris­bane.

It­was the third Bike 4 Burns ride for Monto Cap­tain Marty Harm.

“It’s good fun and it’s a good chal­lenge,” he said.

In the past five years, the Bike 4 Burns char­ity ride has raised more than $246,000 for the Chil­dren’s Health Foun­da­tion.

Rid­ers ped­alled to help the Cen­tre for Chil­dren’s Burns and Trauma Re­search at the Royal Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal.

Photo: Bran­don Livesay

CHAR­ITY RIDE: The Bike 4 Burns ride wheels through Gayn­dah on a chilly au­tumn morn­ing.

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