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Andrew Abel

Andrew Abel 

Supporting Humpty Dumpty Foundation in Country to Coast Tour 2019
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Why I am supporting Humpty Dumpty Foundation

My Story

Every rider has their own reasons. Sure we like to ride and work to accomplish something together. But it goes deeper than that. Much deeper. My reason is personal. I have 4 beautiful children – 2 boys and 2 girls. Each one a blessing. And anyone who has children and loves them more than life itself knows that heart wrenching feeling when you hear of tragedy striking another child and someone else’s family. We know because we project ourselves into that situation. We imagine that happening to our child. For my wife Mel and I it happened shortly after our second child, Ethan, was born. The joy of birth and welcoming a new creation into the world. Literally your own flesh and blood. That was our joy, but within days it all started to go very bad. Now many babies will get a touch of jaundice, yellowing of the skin, after they’re born as they adapt to their new environment. In most cases it disappears quickly. For Ethan it didn’t, and despite raising our concerns about the yellowing of Ethan’s skin the doctors sent us home telling us there was nothing to worry about. Only after our protestations did they arrange for blood tests prior to going home. That was in the morning on the day Ethan came home. Following the blood test we returned home with our little boy. Mel fed him and we we’re just settling him in for his first sleep in his cot at home when the phone rang. I answered. It was the doctor. “I need you to get back to the hospital quickly” he said. I replied “how quickly?”…..”like yesterday” was the response….I felt the breath leave my body and fear gripped me. In a matter of seconds we went from happy family to panic…sheer terror. When we got back to the hospital a team of specialist doctors and nurses were waiting for us at the entrance. Ethan was rushed up to the Paediatric Unit, stripped of all his clothing, placed in a humidifier with a full bank of ultra violet lights on his fragile little body. The lights working to get the toxins out of his body that we’re slowly killing him. His bilirubin count topped out at 481. Now I don’t remember all the numbers and the exact sequence of events, but I do remember the medivac helicopter being placed on stand-by to transfer him to Westmead hospital from Bathurst. I do remember them talking about blood transfusions, hearing loss and worse. I do remember watching the clock as we got closer to the next blood test to see if they had arrested the spike in his levels. I distinctly remember falling to my knees and asking God to save him. I remember the cautious optimism when that next level came down, but then it plateaued at the next reading before falling quickly from then. After that intensely horrendous 18 hour period where it could have gone either way I recall that realisation that we were through the worst of it. It was our worst nightmare come true. I still get emotional when I think about it. We were lucky. The pieces of equipment we needed to save Ethan’s life were available at our hospital when we needed it. That’s not always the case….and when seconds count children do die, and families are destroyed….and that’s why I ride.

About Country to Coast Tour 2019

In 2019, C3 Cyclists are riding 740km (7815m elevation) from Tamworth to Newcastle, through the beautiful Hunter Region to raise $75,000 for Humpty Dumpty Foundation. Through Humpty, we will be able to donate life saving medical equipment to Tamworth, Cessnock and John Hunter (Newcastle) Hospitals to help save kids' lives! (We hope to be able to donate to more!) 

Some equipment needed includes:
EZ-IO DRILL & EDUCATOR KIT: $1,895 EACH 2 needed
Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital, Children's Ward and Special Care Nursery, NSW
This power drill kit is an essential piece of resuscitation equipment used to gain vascular access in critically ill children and babies when intravenous access cannot be established. The drill kit is used to place a needle into the bone within 10 seconds, through which life-saving medication and fluids can then be administered.

Tamworth Rural Referral Hospital, Children's Ward and Special Care Nursery, NSW
Accurate measurement of a pulse rate, oxygen saturation and blood flow is essential in assessing the current status and treatment implications for paediatric patients. The Rad-5 (handheld) allows nurses to record arterial oxygen levels accurately and efficiently and quickly track any changes.

John Hunter Children's Hospital, Ward J2 Adolescents, Day Stay and Paediatric Sleep Unit, NSW
This piece of equipment allows accurate assessment of vital signs like temperature, blood pressure and oxygen saturation levels in the paediatric setting. This monitor will recognise deteriorating clinical conditions immediately, which allows for early intervention which greatly reduces further health risks to the child.

AIRVO 2 HUMIDIFIER: $2,950 EACH 4 needed
Bathurst Base Hospital, Emergency Department, NSW (2) and Paediatric Unit, NSW (2)  
Humidification is important for babies and children suffering from respiratory problems, such as bronchitis, pneumonia and cystic fibrosis. Humidified air and oxygen helps them breathe restfully and clears the chest for ongoing treatment and recovery.

JAUNDICE METER: $9,080 EACH 1 needed
The Maitland Hospital, Maternity, NSW
Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and eyes, occurs in approximately 50% of full-term and 80% of pre-term babies in their first week of life. It is often an indication of underlying symptoms and as a result, screening of babies for jaundice efficiently and effectively is vital. Unlike a traditional blood test, the jaundice meter is non-invasive and provides results in minutes rather than hours.

This years tour will start in Tamworth, NSW (Tamworth Hospital) and proceed to Gloucester, then to Cessnock for three days of rolling countryside in the Hunter Region! On the final day we will ride into Newcastle and finish at C3 People (C3 NC, Merryweather NSW). 

The Days: 
Stage 1 - 184.5km - 2,118m Elevation 
Stage 2 - 154.5km - 1,937m Elevation 
Stage 3 - 164.5km - 1,476m Elevation 
Stage 4 - 174.8km - 1,301m Elevation  
Stage 5 - 61.1km - 1,114m Elevation 

The 'Country to Coast Tour' sees a change to our tour format with multiple benefits for our riders. This year we are offering 5 day and 3 day options as we are based in Cessnock for the last 3 days! So there is no excuse for not coming this year! 

Full 5 Day Tour: 738.20 km - 7,815m | Est. Moving Time 25:50:54 (Tamworth to Newcastle) 
3 Day Tour: 399.33km - 3,874m | Est. Moving Time 13:58:58 (Cessnock to Newcastle) 

Why not join us this year? Challenge yourself, support a great cause and get amongst a great group of people that will become life long friends! Your support is greatly appreciated.  

About C3 Cyclists: 
Cycling. Connection. Community. C3 Cyclists are an enthusiastic community of people from C3 Churches around the world who love cycling, want to be outwardly focused on helping others, want to connect with other cyclists, want to improve their health and fitness and want to achieve something significant! C3 Cyclists has raised over $275,000 for charities directly assisting sick kids in need. We believe this is a high impact in the lives of many and is a pivotal influence into the communities we are part... 

About my cause: Humpty Dumpty Foundation

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation has been providing support for children's services since 1996. Humpty raises funds to purchase vital/life-saving medical equipment for Neonatal Units (Newborn Care) and Paediatric Wards (toddlers and children to 16 years) in over 408 hospitals and health service centres across Australia.

We would all like to believe that our hospitals have all the necessary equipment they need to look after our children in an emergency, but put simply, they don’t.

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation is a charity that helps the most vulnerable people in our community: our children.

Thank you for choosing to support Humpty and for helping kids in hospital. 
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