THEY say “not all heroes wear capes”, but Ian Bassett has done a couple of times in his life.
The North Perth resident will this year participate in the Sunshine Beach Run for the fifth time, which he does in an eye catching costume, to raise money for charity Red Nose with aims to smash his $3000 fundraising record.
Mr Bassett has completed the 5km City Beach run as Katy Perry, Mr Spock from Star Trek and twice as Superman.
This year there is a poll on the event Facebook page for people to vote on who he will run as this year: the Flash or Cupid.
The painter was inspired to fundraise after his son Jasper was stillborn in 2007.
“When I first heard about the fundraiser it had already been going a few years; I saw an opportunity to raise money and do something different,” he said.
“For the Katy Perry costume I had to cobble it together because costume shops don’t really have a Katy Perry costume; I wore a blue wig, carried a fake lollipop and wore a tutu.”
Mr Bassett said Cupid was leading in the poll and he was preparing to create that costume also.
“Cupid was chosen because the event will be on near Valentine’s Day, but shops don’t do Cupid costumes for men so I will have to get wings and a bow and arrow.”
He said he had to walk the event one year due to an injury, but usually had to train ahead of time.
Money raised helps Red Nose continue its research and education into miscarriage, stillbirth and SIDS/SUDC and fund its counselling service for Western Australian families grieving the loss of a child.
West Coast Eagles Physiotherapist Chris Perkins founded the event in 2012 after the loss of his stillborn son Jake and his wife Cindy in 2009.
The event takes place on Sunday, February 18 from 7.30am at City Beach.
Participants can walk or run 1km, 3km or 5km.
For more information about the run and to register visit sunshinebeachrun.com.au