Jamie Jackway Appeal bike ride participants Rony Sapir, Sam Galeano, Gary Nichols, Richard Galeano, Damo Liddy, Glenn Preston and Wayne Tester pass through Rockhampton on Tuesday.
Jamie Jackway Appeal bike ride participants Rony Sapir, Sam Galeano, Gary Nichols, Richard Galeano, Damo Liddy, Glenn Preston and Wayne Tester pass through Rockhampton on Tuesday. Allan Reinikka

Ambos pedal for cause

WHEN Rony Sapir thinks of the accident which left Townsville flight paramedic Jamie Jackway a quadriplegic, he can't help thinking "that could have been me".

"He has a young family like me, the same number of kids and his wife's name is the same as mine," he said.

The Bundaberg paramedic and four other ambulance officers from across the state passed through Rockhampton on Tuesday as part of the Jamie Jackway Appeal Brisbane to Townsville bike ride.

In November 2009 Jamie suffered serious spinal injuries after falling from a rescue helicopter.

Jamie's accident pulled on the heart strings of paramedics across Queensland.

"We (paramedics) all know the dangers of helicopters - but we just see it as part of our day job," he said.

Rony co-ordinated the bike ride which left Brisbane on March 3, raising awareness and funds for Jamie and the construction of his new million dollar purpose-built house.

Accompanied by a great support team and ambo Gary Nichols, who is kayaking the journey, the group have covered almost 100km every day since and are expected to reach Townsville on March 23.

Jason Thompson and Jeff Neil, two local ambos, rode with the group on Tuesday from Rockhampton to Yeppoon to show their support. Rony said he was blown away by the generosity of the community.

The group will leave Yeppoon today and head to Marlborough.

Rony said people can make donations by waving them down on their journey or logging on to their website anpsf.org.au.



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