Help paramedics achieve humanitarian goal

Paramedic Nathan Burns is hosting a second Organised Chaos event. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d416970
Paramedic Nathan Burns is hosting a second Organised Chaos event. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d416970

In 2012, he set up the medical charity Backpacker Medics encouraging paramedics and other pre-hospital workers to donate their skills towards humanitarian work.

Paramedics can then volunteer in remote locations, which are often only accessible by foot, carrying equipment and supplies in custom-designed backpacks.

‘This gives paramedics a chance to do humanitarian work,’ Mr Burns said.

‘Paramedics tends to think outside of the box and improvise if we have to, which means we are able to get people out of tricky situations.’

To help build awareness of the initiative and raise money to complete the construction of a three-room health centre in rural Nepal, Mr Burns is hosting a second Organised Chaos event.

The adventure race will feature competitors dressed in costume, exploring their way through Perth after starting in Leederville.

Last year’s event raised $2500 and the funds were put towards the cost of building the health centre.

Mr Burns said he was hopeful that this year’s event would lead to more awareness of the initiative.

‘Having people unleashed in the city dressed in crazy costumes helps to make it a bit light-hearted and get people interested in what we are doing,’ he said.

Details
WHAT: Organised Chaos
WHEN: Saturday, April 5 at 10am
WHERE: Start and finish at Leederville
YMCA HQ
INFO: www.backpackermedics.com