Firemen fire up their postie bikes for men's health campaign
AS CAMPAIGNS for Movember kick off around the country, a South Burnett crew is preparing to do things a little differently this time round.
The team at the Kingaroy Fire Station have been creating awareness about men's health and raising much-needed funds for the international cause for at least 10 years.
This year, eight keen riders from the station will be participating in the first Kingaroy QFES Postie Bike Run and will ride around the North and South Burnett for four days.
After planning out a 200km, Lieutenant Danny Hurt said there would be a few challenges involved in the ride.
"I think it's going to be more difficult than we anticipated,” Lt Hurt said.
"We are going to be doing 60-70km per hour along country roads on postie bikes.
"It's also going to be hot in November, but we will definitely make the most of it.”
Former Kingaroy fireman Robbie Horton ignited the novel idea of a postie bike ride.
After searching high and low across the state, the crew found enough bikes to get them on the road.
Firefighter Ryan Hall said he was proud to be part of a team that supported such a worthy, yet sometimes undervalued cause.
"It's all about creating awareness around men's health,” Mr Hall said.
"All of us are affected by it in some way or another.
"Whether it's cancer or suicide or other health relate issues, it touches everyone.”
Mr Hurt said they weren't running their fundraising mission through the QFES, but they would be supported by different fire crews as they made their way across the Burnett.
"We will be bunking at fire stations in Monto, Gayndah, Gin Gin and Biggenden to cut down on costs,” Lt Hurt said.
"Mark also does a lot of fire education so we are dropping into the little schools that trucks don't get out to.
"We will spend a bit of time there showing them the gear and fire safety tips, so that's our contribution to helping out towns along the way.”
The Kingaroy QFES Postie Bike Run for Movember will depart from the fire station at 8.30am on Wednesday, November 6 and will wrap up on Sunday, November 10.