More than 50 fire and emergency services staff and volunteers will end their seven-day Bike4Burns charity ride at the Queensland Children’s Hospital this morning, raising much-needed funds for the Children’s Hospital Foundation. 

The 52-strong cycling contingent cycled more than 650km across parts of Queensland, beginning their journey in Bundaberg. 

Queensland Fire and Emergency Services (QFES) Commissioner Katarina Carroll said the charity ride had raised more than $630,000 for the Children’s Hospital Foundation since it began in 2007. 

“The riders started their journey in Bundaberg and have traversed difficult terrain through Biggenden, Goomeri, Nanango, Crows Nest, Clifton and Ipswich prior to their arrival at the Queensland Children’s Hospital,” Ms Carroll said. 

“While their determination to ride more than 650km in one week is commendable, may we be reminded of the courage of children inflicted by burns who often face numerous operations in their lifetime.

“Our firefighters see the trauma and hardship burns can have on families and their children, and that’s why those participating are so passionate about pedalling in Bike4Burns.”

Ms Carroll said the charity bike ride raised more than $40,000 this year alone.

“This money will go towards supporting research and treatment for children suffering from burns injuries,” she said.  

“This is a tremendous result and I’d like to congratulate everyone involved in the ride this year.” 

For more information contact QFES Media on 07 3635 3310.