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Announcement posted by Spinal Life 06 Sep 2021

(Bevan will be in your local area soon, check out his itinerary below)

Anyone who has ever met Bevan Kearsley will be in awe at his need to give back to others. Almost 30 years ago Bevan a qualified ‘chippy’, working as a Sales Rep selling building products, was involved in a motorbike accident. In seconds his life changed for ever and he was left living with paraplegia, permanently using a wheelchair.

Thrown many challenges in life, Bevan has always bounced back and put others first. His love of motorbikes despite his accident has never wanted.

So, one day over a few drinks with family he came up with the idea of jumping on a 150cc wheelchair scooter and hitting the road. With Bevan’s enthusiasm and love of motorcycles nothing can stop him. In Bevan’s typical fashion of giving back to others he will be raising money for spinal research through the not-for-profit Miller Chase Foundation.

“After retiring I was looking for something to do. I wanted to raise funds for a good cause and a cause I could relate to. I’ve had the wheelchair scooter for a few years now and it was just there gathering dust. One day I ripped the seats out of my Toyota HiAce Commuter and converted it into a wheelchair-accessible campervan, so if I am stuck for accommodation I can stay in there and my mate will drive the van behind me as a support vehicle”, said Bevan.

All going to plan, Bevan will be farewelled by friends, family, and supporters on 13 September. Bevan, from Greenslopes, this year will travel the length and breadth of Queensland completing a loop which will take in Mackay, Cairns, Mount Isa, Winton, and Charleville before returning home to Brisbane.

Not content with fundraising for a great cause, Bevan will also be helping to map Queensland for other people living with a disability. Using Spinal Life Australia’s free online resource, Accessible Australia, Bevan will leave reviews and upload photos, which helps others to plan ahead before travelling and find accessible places and experiences.

“My aim is to give people with disability the confidence to explore more of Australia and to influence more businesses to consider people with disability as customers”, said Bevan.

Eager to continue his travels next year around the rest of Australia when border restrictions hopefully relax, Bevan’s goal is to raise $100,000 for spinal research.

If you would like to follow Bevan’s journey you can follow him on Facebook @accessozride or if you would like to donate you can via accessibleaustraliaride.org.au/donate.

For media enquiries please contact:

Steve Coulter
m 0419 988 465
e scoulter@spinal.com.au

Bevan’s itinerary is below and can be interviewed/photographed at the following locations:

Day 1

Monday 13th Sept

Brisbane to Hervey Bay (media invited to the start location)

9.00am Brisbane to Nambour 106 km

11:00am Refuel and refresh

11:30am Nambour to Maryborough 157 km

3.00pm Maryborough to Hervey Bay 31 km

4:00pm Arrive and refuel at Hervey Bay


Day 2

Tuesday 14th Sept

Hervey Bay to Bundaberg

3.00pm Hervey Bay to Bundaberg 110 km

5.00pm Arrive and refuel at Bundaberg


Day 3

Wednesday 15th Sept

Full day in Bundaberg


Day 4

Thursday 16th Sept

Bundaberg to Rockhampton 287km

9:00am Bundaberg to Miriam Vale 118km

10:30am Refuel and refresh at Miriam Vale

11.00am Miriam Vale to Mount Larcom 94km

12.30pm Mount Larcom to Rockhampton 73km

1.30pm Arrive and refuel Rockhampton


Day 5

Friday 17th Sept

Rockhampton to Mackay 339km

8.00am Rockhampton to Marlborough 105km

9.30am Refuel and refresh at Marlborough

10.00am Marlborough to Clairview 103km

11:30am Refuel and lunch Clairview

12.30pm Clairview Beach to Mackay 129km

2.30pm Arrive and refuel at Mackay


Day 6

Saturday 18th Sept

Mackay to Airlie Beach 150km

1.00pm Mackay to Bloomsbury 90km


2.30pm Rest and refuel at Bloomsbury

3.00pm Bloomsbury to Airlie Beach 67km

4.00pm Arrive and refuel at Airlie Beach



Day 7

Sunday 19th Sept

Airlie Beach


Day 8

Monday 20th Sept

Airlie Beach to Townsville 275km

8.00am Airlie Beach to Bowen 78 km

9.00am Refuel and brekky at Bowen

9.30am Bowen to Homehill 105km

11.00am Refresh and refuel at Homehill

11.15am Homehill to Townsville

12.45pm Arrive and refuel Townsville


Day 9

Tuesday 21st Sept

Townsville to Cairns 347km

7.00am Townsville to Ingham 113km

8.30am Refuel and morning tea Ingham

9.00am Ingham to Innisfail 148 km

11.00am Refuel and refresh Innisfail

11.30am Innisfail to Cairns 88km

1.00pm Arrive and refuel at Cairns


Day 10

Wednesday 22nd Sept



Day 11

Thursday 23rd Sept

Return trip to Townsville


Day 12

Friday 24th Sept

Townsville to Hughenden 383km

6.00am Townsville to Charters Towers 137km

8.00am Refuel and Brekky Charters Towers

9.00am Charters towers to Pentland 107km

10.30pm Refuel and refresh Pentland

11.00am Pentland to Hughenden 141km

1.00pm Arrive and refuel Hughenden


Day 13

Saturday 25th Sept

Hughenden to Cloncurry 401km

7.00am Hughenden to Richmond 115 km

8.30am Refuel and refresh Richmond

9.00am Richmond to Julia Creek Caravan Park 159km

11.30am Refuel and refresh Julia Creek

12.00pm Julia Creek to Cloncurry 137km

2.30pm Arrive and refuel Cloncurry


Day 14

Sunday 26th Sept

Cloncurry to Mt Isa 120km

9.00am Cloncurry to Mt Isa 120km

11.00am Arrive Mt Isa Chance


Day 15

Monday 27th Sept

Mt Isa to Winton 451km

7.00am Mt Isa to Cloncurry 120km   

8.15am Refuel and refresh Cloncurry

8.30am Cloncurry to Walkabout Hotel 108km

10.00am Arrive and refuel Walkabout Hotel

10.30am Walkabout to Kynuna Roadhouse 76km

11.30am Refresh and refuel Kynuna Roadhouse

12.30pm Kynuna to Winton 164km

3.00pm Arrive and refuel at Winton


Day 16

Tuesday 28th Sept

Winton to Longreach 179km

12.00pm Winton to Longreach 179km

3.00pm Arrive and refuel at Longreach


Day 17

Wednesday 29th Sept

Day in Longreach


Day 18

Thursday 30th Sept

Longreach to Tambo 315km

8.00am Longreach to Barcaldine 108km


9.30am Refuel and refresh Barcaldine

10.00am Barcaldine to Blackall 108km

11.30am Refuel and refresh at Blackall

12.00pm Blackall to Tambo 101km

1.30pm Arrive and refuel at Tambo


Day 19

Friday 1st Oct

Tambo to Charleville 220km

8.00am Tambo to Augathella 119km       

9.45am Refuel and refresh at Augathella

10.00am Augathella to Charleville 101km

11.30am Arrive and refuel at Charleville


Day 20

Saturday 2nd Oct

Charleville to Roma 267km

8.00am Charleville to Morven 90km

9.30am Refuel and refresh at Morven

10.am Morven to Mitchell 88km

11.30am Refuel and lunch at Mitchell

12.30pm Mitchell to Roma 89km

2.00pm Arrive and refuel in Roma


Day 21

Sunday 3rd Oct

Roma to Toowoomba 356km

8.00am Roma to Miles 142km

10.00am Miles to Chinchilla 48km

11.00am Refuel and refresh Chinchilla

12.00pm Chinchilla to Dalby  85km

1.30pm Refuel and refresh Dalby

2.00pm Dalby to Toowoomba 82km

3.30pm Arrive and refuel at Toowoomba


Day 22

Monday 4th Oct

Day in Toowoomba


Day 23

Tuesday 5th Oct

Toowoomba to Brisbane 110km

9.00am Toowoomba to Brisbane

10.30am Arrive in King George Square