Firies brave chill to ride
Bike 4 Burns rolls in to town
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.
CHARITY RIDE: The Bike 4 Burns ride wheels through Gayndah on a chilly autumn morning.