Bike riding firies on a mission

BIKING FOR BURNS: Firefighters Dave Best, Charmaine Dalton and Roy Burke.
BIKING FOR BURNS: Firefighters Dave Best, Charmaine Dalton and Roy Burke. Amy Lyne

THEY are usually out fighting fires but for seven days they were fighting to save the lives of burns victims.

Thirty-two riders and 18 support volunteers made their way from Roma on May 14, travelling 835km to Brisbane yesterday, as part of the eighth annual Queensland Emergency Services Bike 4 Burns charity bike rides.

The riders came through Gatton on Monday during a pit stop in their journey, spending the night at the Gatton Sports Centre.

Each rider was either a full time, auxiliary or rural firefighter, raising much needed funds for the Children's Hospital Foundation to be put towards burns technology research and development.

Station officer Tony Eggins took part in the ride, his 7th time participating.

"I needed some motivation to lose weight at the start," he said.

Not only was it good for him, but he continued because of the great cause he was giving back to.

"Every cent we give them goes to machines, beds, physical things that can help them," he said.

Even the support crew on the trip were all retired firefighters.

The trip has so far raised almost $30,000 and over the eight years has raised more than $300,000.

The crew travelled through Roma, Surat, St George, Goondiwindi, Inglewood, Pittsworth, Gatton and finished at the Royal Children's Hospital in Brisbane.

For further information or to donate visit http://www. bike4burns2014.

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