RIDING REASON: Members of the Queensland Ambulance Service, riding to raise funds for their legacy campaign.
RIDING REASON: Members of the Queensland Ambulance Service, riding to raise funds for their legacy campaign. Contributed

Pedal for paramedics

CLAD in matching lycra, 20 members of the Queensland Ambulance Service (QAS) turned up at Nambour ambulance station last week, making a stop along their seven-day journey.

The riders had set out to raise funds and awareness for QAS Legacy, to support the families of QAS personnel.

Starting at Bribie last Wednesday, the riders made stops in Kilcoy, Kenilworth, Nambour, Cooroy, Coolum and Tewantin before finishing in Caloundra on Tuesday.

Event organiser Glenn Preston said it was an annual event, and this year's ride was 660km long.

"There's nearly 8km of climbing this year," Mr Preston said.

"Which is roughly the equivalent of Mt Everest."

Mr Preston said the event was important for getting the word out about QAS Legacy.

"The more money we raise, the more we'll be able to support our QAS family.

"We really need to get the community behind us."

QAS Legacy offers bereavement grants to QAS family members upon death of QAS personnel, and also currently supports three children from two families, with yearly education grants.

Mr Preston made a request of the community to help QAS Legacy support its members.

"(We ask) all those that make contact with our communications staff or on-road staff to treat them with respect and to help us make their workplace safe every day," Mr Preston said.

"That way they are able to go home safe to their families."

For more information or to donate to QAS Legacy, visit qaslegacy.org.



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