Compassion behind charity ride

Charles Boyle training for his 500 kilometre ride.
Charles Boyle training for his 500 kilometre ride.

Local cyclist Charles Boyle is set to ride 500km around Beaudesert to raise money for children with burns as part of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Bike4Burns.

He will start at 10am Saturday, 28 May and ride a 100km loop five times by Sunday.

Charles will follow a variation of the 100km loop cyclists do on the annual Jimboomba Rotary ride, which goes past his house.

Bike4Burns, established in 2007, raises funding for research into the most effective treatments for childhood burns and scar management.

Charles was inspired to do the ride by a fellow cyclist, who is a firefighter.

“My friend was instrumental in the setup of Bike4Burns, and he does this Gladstone to Brisbane ride every year – 750km over seven days,” he said.

“I don’t have seven days to give but if I can do a similar number of kilometres in a shorter period of time, I can still do my bit.”

Charles is looking forward to his ride despite a rib injury hampering his training and is determined to do some longer training sessions with his Beaudesert Cycling Club friends.

Charles said it was an important cause and encouraged donations.

“The reason I’m doing Bike4Burns is it helps to provide support for children with burns and their families as the cost is ongoing for the whole of their lives,” he said.

“These kids, when they get severe burns to their body, they’re in pain all their life, so I think a bit of a saddle sore or pain on the soles of your feet from a long ride is nothing compared with what these kids have got to get through on a daily basis.”

Donors go in the draw to win a $50 voucher for Charles & Jen Boyle Hair and Beauty.

To donate, visit https://fundraise.childrens.org.au/fundraisers/charlesboyle

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