Vic Park girls to dress up as part of Dwellingup 100 Ride for Someone Who Can’t


Marjan Stolte, Brianna O’Donnell and Caroline Marshall. Picture: Matt Jelonek
Marjan Stolte, Brianna O’Donnell and Caroline Marshall. Picture: Matt Jelonek

TWO Victoria Park residents will dress as Lady Gaga and Batgirl as they ride for a good cause as part of the Act-Belong-Commit Dwellingup 100 tomorrow.

Marjan Stotle and Caroline Marshall will dress in the costumes to Ride for Someone Who Can’t campaign, to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy WA (MDWA).

It is the fourth year Ms Stotle has taken part in the ride after being inspired by MDWA employee Brianna O’Donnell.

This year Ms Stotle has dragged along her employer Mrs Marshall, who will take on the 14km while she takes on the 60km track.

Ms Stotle said she was prepared to take part in the event after taking on the 100km track last year.

“I’m feeling fit, probably not quite as fit as I have been, so I’m feeling a bit nervous,” she said.

“When I did the 100km last year, I just died because it was so tough, so I’d rather do the 60km.

“I think Brianna is an inspiration; she never lets anything get her down.”

Ms Stotle said the track would be a challenge and she was preparing herself for some tough terrain.

“There are a lot of steep uphill parts and plenty of gravel; physically it’s tough,” she said.

Ms Stotle said the idea of going as Batgirl started when she took part with a former participant, who went as Wonder Woman.

“It’s just stuck with me; people recognise me as Batgirl and when Caroline decided she was going to take part, she wanted to dress as Lady Gaga,” she said.

“There aren’t a lot of other people who dress up, although I did see a Ninja Turtle go past me last year.”

Ms O’Donnell lives with a rare form of the condition, called severe childhood autosomal recessive muscular dystrophy.

She said she felt it was special that Marjan would ride for the fourth time after they met through a mutual friend.

“She helps me out a lot with my physio and in other ways; she’s just a great girl,” she said.

“It’s very special to know that she’s willing to go through the pain because I know it’s a tough ride.”