More than 50 Queensland firefighters and their New South Wales counterparts have swapped their fire helmet for a bicycle helmet to take part in the 10th anniversary ride of Bike4Burns.
Bike4Burns is a 1,000km bike ride from New South Wales to Queensland raising money for the Children’s Hospital Foundation, to fund research into childhood burns and improvements in scar and pain management.
QFES Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the annual Bike4Burns ride was in its tenth year and had raised more than $500,000.
“Firefighters are well aware of how fire can devastate lives. So making a contribution towards burns research is something we are extremely proud of,” she said.
“It’s a great way for QFES staff to keep fit, while raising money and awareness for such a worthy cause,” Katarina said.
“Ground-breaking research into childhood burns can only continue with the valuable fundraising contribution from events such as Bike4Burns,” Katarina said.
Children’s Hospital Foundation CEO Cameron Prout said, “When kids are sick or injured, it turns their whole world upside down. Every sick child deserves a happy healthy life and with the support from Bike4Burns, the Children’s Hospital Foundation can continue to make a difference to kids with burns injuries.”
Riders will start their journey in Berowa, New South Wales, before finishing their 1,000km cycle at Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital in Brisbane.