Ironmen show muscle for cause

Matt Webby, Chris Farnan, Greg Farnan and Paul Farnan – the Ironbros team that raised $116,000 for the Centre for Cerebral Palsy. d399046
Matt Webby, Chris Farnan, Greg Farnan and Paul Farnan – the Ironbros team that raised $116,000 for the Centre for Cerebral Palsy. d399046

Mr Farnan, whose four-year-old daughter Georgia has a mild form of the disability, raised the money with his four ‘Ironbros’ who competed at the recent Ironman Asia-Pacific Championships in Melbourne.

The Ironbros team, consisting of Mr Farnan, his brothers Paul and Chris and friend Matt Weeby, first competed in an 85km bike ride during last year’s Cerebral Palsy Awareness Week.

That event helped the team raise $68,000, which was donated to the centre.

The four teamed up again for the recent Melbourne Ironman.

In the lead up to the race, the team was able to raise a further $48,000.

‘One of the benefits of fundraising has been the chance to educate myself and others about the disability,’ Mr Farnan said.

‘People think it is a degenerative disability and ask me how bad Georgia is going to get.

‘They don’t understand there are different levels and that your condition will stay relatively the same.’

Mr Farnan said the money raised would go towards purchasing and modifying equipment for people with cerebral palsy.

‘When I first started learning about the disability I didn’t know how much equipment people needed,’ he said.

‘The government provides the main mobility equipment, which could be a $50,000 wheelchair or in Georgia’s case a $500 walking frame.

‘But some people also need special equipment to sleep at nights, modified wheelchairs, walkers, treadmills.

‘That is where this donation can help out.’

The team also competed at the Centre for Cerebral Palsy’s annual Wheelie Big Day Out charity run on April 14.