Friend indeed: South Guildford cyclist rides on Trail Day for Muscular Dystrophy for friend

Leighton Evered is riding for his friend Joel Slinger, who suffers from muscular dystrophy.
Leighton Evered with Joel Slinger and his mum and dad John and Jackie Slinger.
Leighton Evered is riding for his friend Joel Slinger, who suffers from muscular dystrophy. Leighton Evered with Joel Slinger and his mum and dad John and Jackie Slinger.

SOUTH Guildford’s Leighton Evered will tackle a 40km bike ride in Dwellingup next week for those living with muscular dystrophy.

Mr Evered will join other mountain bikers taking on the Dwellingup 100 Mountain Bike Classic on August 19 to raise funds through the Trail Day for Muscular Dystrophy WA initiative.

He is a support worker and friend of 20 years to Joel Slinger, who has the genetic neuromuscular condition.

It was working with Mr Slinger that inspired Mr Evered to first take part in the event in 2015.

Muscles slowly degenerate and weaken from the condition which affects up to 800 people in WA and 20,000 Australia-wide.

“My goal is simple, to raise as much money and awareness for Muscular Dystrophy WA as possible while doing a sport I enjoy,” Mr Evered said.

Chief executive Hayley Lethlean said the Trail Day for Muscular Dystrophy WA was a critical event in their calendar.

“We firmly believe that no one should be defined by their condition and that medical needs of an individual with muscular dystrophy are only half the story,” she said.

To donate, visit traildayformdwa.everydayhero/au/leighton.