Damo's pedalling to help

Damo Liddy will ride to Townsville to raise money for injured paramedic Jamie Jackway.
Damo Liddy will ride to Townsville to raise money for injured paramedic Jamie Jackway. John Mccutcheon

WHAT would make a man climb on his bike and ride 1650km for someone he has never met?

Damo Liddy simply wants to help.

The story of Jamie Jackway, a north Queensland paramedic left a quadriplegic after a fall from a rescue helicopter, touched Mr Liddy while he was training to become a paramedic.

He got involved in fundraising and the now qualified paramedic will set off from Brisbane on March 3 to deliver the balance of funds raised over the past year to Mr Jackway at his home in Townsville.

The B2T mission will also include a kayaker and an ironman team.

"I got involved just because I wanted to help to raise money, and obviously, for the personal challenge," Mr Liddy said.

He was now looking forward to meeting Mr Jackway.

"I've helped raise $15,000 for a guy I've never met," he said.

The ride will average 100km a day, which will be a challenge for Mr Liddy who has been so busy completing his qualifications and organising the ride route that he left little time for training.

"I'm sure for the first two days that I'm going to regret that I didn't do the training," he said.

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