Telethon 24-hpir fitness challenge: team of Palelei, Fuller and Catalano plan to go bigger next year after massive fundraising effort


Soa Palelei, together with Matt Fuller and Josh Catalano.
Soa Palelei, together with Matt Fuller and Josh Catalano.

THE team behind a 24-hour challenge that raised an incredible amount for Telethon have hinted they are planning to go bigger next year.

South Lake resident and MMA star Soa Palelei, together with rugby league champion Matt Fuller, spent 24 hours on ergo grinders, while chef Josh Catalano did it on a stationary bike.

The trio raised $76,000 and while not giving too much away, Palelei said they had already turned their attention to Telethon’s 50th year in 2017.

“Stay tuned for next year. It’s the 50th year of Telethon, so we have to do something pretty big,” he said.

Palelei said the challenge began to get difficult with six hours to go.

“I was cramping, my hands were stiff and my back was seizing up but you can’t stop,” he said.

“Keeping an even pace was the plan and watching my teammates keep going pushed me in the last hours

“Having Josh with us this year and it being so close to home for him and his baby, that was so rewarding.

“I’m passionate about giving back to the community and this is an amazing yet overwhelming feeling knowing we’re helping.”