WORTH THE WORK: The riders presented Ipswich Hospital with a donation of $4780.
WORTH THE WORK: The riders presented Ipswich Hospital with a donation of $4780. Contributed

Donation to help save young lives

A SHORT bike ride from Lady Cilento Hospital in Brisbane to Ipswich Hospital marked the first 58km for cyclists undertaking a challenging 1200km ride to help sick kids.

The '1200kms for Kids' riders left Brisbane on Friday, stopping at Ipswich that afternoon.

With the money raised for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation, the 1200kms for Kids riders presented Ipswich Hospital's midwifery manager, Shannon Tully, with a MBJ20 Jaundice Detector valued at $4780.

This MBJ20 hand-held Jaundice Detector eliminates the need for a painful heel prick test, as well as providing medical staff with an immediate result when testing for jaundice.

"That equipment means our babies can be tested in their own homes and we can see an immediate result," Ms Tully said.

"That way we can know if we need to take the baby to hospital or if they can be treated at home to keep the new family together."

Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and eyes, occurs in approximately 50% of full-term babies and 80% of pre-term babies in their first week of life.

If undetected, it can cause cerebral palsy, deafness or brain damage.

"The equipment is absolutely lifesaving and also lifestyle saving. If we detect jaundice early we can minimise potential brain injury and quick treatment leads to better results for the child's development," Ms Tully said.

"If undetected it can lead to catastrophic results so the donation is great for Ipswich families."

Cyclist Darryl Dixon has completed the challenging ride for a number of years.

"You do hit the wall. Our smallest day is Brisbane to Ipswich which is a two hour ride but our biggest day is Warwick to Glenn Innes which is 12 hours on the seat," he said.

"But it's nothing compared to what families in the hospitals we visit have to go through.

"Meeting them reinforces why I do this every year."

To support the 1200kms for Kids riders or to donate visit the website www. 1200kmsforkids.com.


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