The Right Honorable, Lord Mayor Mr Stephen Yarwood will officially farewell a team of eight cyclists representing the Julian Burton Burns Trust from the Royal Adelaide Hospital at 8:00am on Friday April 4 as part of ‘The Look’ Burns Cycle Challenge.
The peloton aims to raise awareness of the incidence and impact of burn injury by engaging local communities along the route and at the same time raising valuable funds for burns prevention initiatives.
The cyclists will ride over 1,000 kilometres through regional South Australia, along the Coorong then over the border along the Great Ocean Road through Victorian communities before completing the final leg from Sorrento to Melbourne on Friday April 11.
‘The Look’ Burns Cycle Challenge route:
- Friday April 4 Adelaide to Meningie
- Saturday April 5 Meningie to Kingston S.E
- Sunday April 6 Kingston S.E to Casterton
- Monday April 7 Casterton to Warrnambool
- Tuesday April 8 Rest day in Warrnambool
- Wednesday April 9 Warrnambool to Lorne
- Thursday April 10 Lorne to Queenscliff
- Friday April 11 Queenscliff to Melbourne
“Riding 1,000kms in 7 days will be a great challenge for the cyclists but is nothing compared to the physical and mental trauma burns survivors go through,” said Julian Burton Burns Trust General Manager Deb Bates.
Burn injury is one of the top three causes of accidental death in children under five years of age and one of the three most common causes of injury suffered by Australians each year.
“The majority of burns are accidental and therefore preventable by making small physical and behavioural changes around the home, school and workplace. Applying appropriate first aid of cool running water for 20 minutes can greatly minimise the severity of a burn and recovery time.”
The BurnSafe program is a burns prevention, education and first aid program developed by the Julian Burton Burns Trust that aims to teach school children about burn injury, prevention and care.