MANY Australians dream about taking time off work to drive coast to coast across the country, but most would balk at the idea of tackling the trip from the seat of a bicycle in just three weeks.
Not Fiona Stanley Hospital intensive care specialist Ed Litton, who, along with two mates, completed the 4000km odyssey in 22 days, all in the name of charity. They set out from Sydney’s Bondi Beach at the start of October and arrived at Cottesloe Surf Club on October 27, raising $25,000 for the Intensive Care Foundation along the way.
“I’m a clinician who works full-time in intensive care and I also have my own research interests in that area and have previously benefitted from grant from the Intensive Care Foundation,” Dr Litton said.
“I see the incredible work of the ICU staff on a daily basis, and the vital role of research in progressing knowledge and ensuring the best outcomes for our patients.
“The Foundation supports research that helps the sickest of the sick – victims of trauma or people with severe heart disease, cancer or pneumonia who are teetering on the edge.”
Dr Litton’s own research, named the PINABLL pilot, aims to improve outcomes for people undergoing high-risk heart surgery. It is currently in a trial period at Fiona Stanley Hospital and other cardiac centres across the country.
Dr Litton originally aimed to raise $4000 and said he was blown away by the generous response he had received.
“I wanted to show my two young cubs the importance of setting audacious goals and working hard to achieve them, plus I also quite like cycling and have a very understanding wife,” he said.
“The whole trip was very enjoyable but also hard work – I’m glad we live on the smallest continent.”
Donations to Dr Litton’s fundraising page are still open; visit https://give.everyday hero.com/au/ed-s-ride-across-australia.