Big heart in char­ity funds push

Southern Telegraph - - Front Page - Ce­cilia Allen

Safety Bay res­i­dent Trevor Bur­ton will pull into Fitzroy, Vic­to­ria, on Satur­day, af­ter a five-week, 2200km ride from Bris­bane to Mel­bourne to raise money for two char­i­ties close to his heart.

Self­less, mo­ti­vated and ded­i­cated are just a few words to de­scribe Safety Bay res­i­dent Trevor Bur­ton, who is rid­ing more than 2000km to raise money for two char­i­ties.

Speak­ing from Eden, Vic­to­ria, Trevor told the Tele­graph he had spent three and a half months train­ing for the ride but it was all for a good cause.

Trevor has raised $10,000 for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion and the An­swers For Archer As­so­ci­a­tion.

In July 2015, Trevor was sad­dened to hear the news his friends Dean and Chloe Strauch had lost their 14-month-old boy Archer, who died sud­denly in his sleep.

“I couldn’t even try to be­gin to un­der­stand how hard this must have been for them,” he said.

“My heart sank even more as I heard that the cause was Sud­den Un­ex­plained Death in Child­hood and that they would never know how or why this hap­pened. In their search for an­swers to what caused this tragedy, they have started the An­swers For Archer As­so­ci­a­tion to help re­search and raise aware­ness for this rare con­di­tion.

“I hope to help fundraise and show my sup­port for them in their search for an­swers.”

A year later, Trevor, who was liv­ing in the UK at the time, re­ceived the news his aunt, Deb­bie Lin­forth, who had been bat­tling leukaemia for years had not been do­ing well.

Trevor made it back to Perth and spent six days with his aunt be­fore she lost her bat­tle.

“She was the most self­less and lov­ing woman and I owe a lot of who I am and the way I treat oth­ers to the in­flu­ence of her,” he said.

“The Leukaemia Foun­da­tion went above and be­yond to help her and the fam­ily through such a hard time and this is my way of giv­ing back to them and honouring an amaz­ing woman.”

It is not Trevor’s first ride, hav­ing com­pleted a solo ride across Eng­land to raise money for beyondblue and help a friend score a spot in the Lon­don marathon.

He also rode from Lon­don to Amsterdam with a friend to raise money for Parkin­son’s dis­ease.

A me­chan­i­cal fit­ter by trade, Trevor said the Gabba in Bris­bane was his start­ing point and cross­ing into Syd­ney and Vic­to­ria were big mile­stones.

Close by to lend a hand is friend Aaron Bas­sula, who is fol­low­ing him in a van.

“One hun­dred and 22km has been my big­gest day of rid­ing and there was even a day of 99km of non-stop hills,” he said.

“It’s the lit­tle things that keep you go­ing, the rea­sons why I’m do­ing it, things my aunt used to say and the mes­sages of sup­port from friends and fam­ily. Your body is an amaz­ing thing, if you can push through the men­tal bar­rier, you can do any­thing.

“I want to thank Mike, at Bike Force in Suc­cess, for help­ing me pre­pare and get ready for the ride.”

Trevor aims to ar­rive at Oh! Jeans Records, 276 Ni­chol­son Street in Fitzroy, Mel­bourne, May 19 be­tween noon and 3pm.

To find out more or do­nate, visit https://www.youcar­ing.com/theleukaemi­afoun­da­tio­nan­dan­swers­forar­cheras­so­ci­a­tion-749771.

From quiet coun­try roads to some of Aus­tralia’s most fa­mous land­marks, Trevor Bur­ton is en­joy­ing the scenery on his 2200km ride from Bris­bane to Mel­bourne to raise money for two char­i­ties.

Trevor at­tended the An­zac Day Dawn ser­vice in Swansea, NSW.

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