CARRAMAR resident Peter Campbell will be thinking about more than just crossing the line first when he takes part in a gruelling 100km mountain bike race this weekend.
Mr Campbell is competing in the Dwellingup 100, which doubles as charity event Ride for Someone Who Can’t to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy WA (MDWA).
This is his third year riding for Greenwood 22-year-old Laura Davidow, who was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy when she was four.
“I commit to the challenge of riding every year so (I thought) why not fundraise for a worthwhile cause,” he said.
“I did my research and found that every dollar from fundraising goes direct to MDWA.
“That has greater impact on services that can be provided to people with muscular dystrophy.”
Ms Davidow has been unable to walk since she was 11, requiring the use of an electric wheelchair and help with daily tasks.
“Despite this, I feel that my disability does not define me, instead it is only a small part to a big whole,” she said.
“My hope is that the ride will raise awareness of what muscular dystrophy is, as well as all the work and effort put in by the team at MDWA in ensuring that those who have muscular dystrophy have the quality of life they deserve.”
She said it was an important event and appreciated the efforts of Mr Campbell.
“Peter doing the ride brings about a sense of community where through doing what he loves, he can not only raise funds but raise awareness of muscular dystrophy and the fact that not all people are able to ride a bike,” she said.
Mindarie resident Sue Chia is also being represented in the ride by cyclist Brett McCamish.
The duo has been paired together for the past six years, with Ms Chia always there to watch him cross the finish line.
Mr Campbell is halfway to his $3000 goal.
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