Mt Helena mates to ride Dwellingup 100 for those who can’t

Mt Helena mates to ride Dwellingup 100 for those who can’t
Mt Helena mates to ride Dwellingup 100 for those who can’t

MT Helena residents Richard Watson and Graham Malynn will don lycra on Saturday and ride 100km as part of a group of 45 riders who will blaze the trails of Dwellingup to beat muscular dystrophy.

Riders will take on the 14, 40, 60 or 100km track at the Act-Belong-Commit Dwellingup 100 and will ‘Ride For Someone Who Can’t’.

A major fundraising and awareness initiative for Muscular Dystrophy WA, the event matches a rider with a person who has MD.

Mr Watson and Mr Malynn have been involved with the charity since 2011 and for the second year in a row, they will ride for MD sufferer Rob Kerr.

Having met Mr Kerr, the pair was able to gain an understanding of the daily challenges he faces.

Muscular dystrophy is a genetic neuromuscular condition that affects more than 20,000 Australians and has no cure. With more than 70 types of muscular dystrophy identified, the severity and deterioration of muscle strength and function varies, making the task of treating the condition even more difficult.

South Guildford resident Leighton Evered will take on the 40km distance, riding for support worker and friend of 20 years Joel Slinger.

Mr Evered said working with Mr Slinger inspired him to take part.

“Through my work, I have been lucky to meet some amazing people,” Mr Evered said.

“Not only do I get inspired by how strong, determined and loving people can be, but I get to become a member of a larger family.

“Riding for Joel this year will be an honour, he’s a good friend with a truly amazing family.”

Muscular Dystrophy WA chief executive Hayley Lethlean will also take to the dirt track on the weekend.

“At Muscular Dystrophy WA we start with our community; their ambition, life and personality, and work to further their own goals,” she said.

“Our group of 45 riders understand our members medical needs are only half the story, and as such we ride to raise awareness and funds to ensure that we can assist our community to achieve their goals.”

Since 2010, more than $500,000 has been raised through the campaign.

This year, Muscular Dystrophy WA aims to raise $100,000.

To make a donation visit: https://everydayhero.com.au/event/ridefswc2016.