TOOWOOMBA paramedic Mark Hancock sees first-hand the effects sudden infant death syndrome has on families.

This year he is going above and beyond his regular call of duty to help families who have experienced the sudden death of a baby or child.

Mr Hancock will join about one dozen people, including Toowoomba Clein Transport Solutions driver Wade Mears, on a journey across Australia to raise funds for SIDS and Kids.

SIDS and Kids is dedicated to saving the lives of babies and children during pregnancy, birth, infancy and childhood.

It also supports bereaved families.

Mr Hancock has signed up to the Great Australian Ride and will ride 7500km on his motorbike, leaving from Byron Bay and heading towards Steep Point in Western Australia.

The ride begins on Saturday, August 6 and is expected to take 20 days.

Mr Hancock has already raised $7000 and hopes to raise another $1000 before he leaves.

He wants to encourage people to donate to the cause.

"Being a paramedic I see what SIDS does to families when they lose a baby and children," he said.

"I'm really happy that the money is going towards further research and bereavement support services.

"People from all around Australia are doing the ride which is good because we can spend three weeks with these guys, have a great time as well as raise money."

Mr Mears always wanted to ride across the desert and said this was the perfect opportunity.

"It's a good way to raise awareness of SIDS and doing something you are passionate about," he said.

To support the Toowoomba riders visit everydayhero.com/au/ and search for Mark Hancock and Wade Mears.


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