RIDING for someone unable will be the focus of 45 mountain bikers at the Act-Belong-Commit Dwellingup 100 on September 3.
Individuals can take on their preferred challenge with distance choices of 14, 40, 60 or 100km tracks.
Dubbed the ‘Ride for Someone Who Can’t’ this campaign is a major fundraising and awareness initiative for Muscular Dystrophy WA (MDWA).
MDWA matches a rider in the event with a person who has muscular dystrophy.
MLA Roger Cook is set to join the pack and don the lycra.
It will be his fifth Dwellingup 100 as he rides for Orelia resident Steven Johnson (21) who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
Muscular dystrophy is a genetic neuromuscular condition that affects more than 20,000 Australians and has no cure.
MDWA chief executive Hayley Lethlean is also riding in the event.
She said the organisation’s ethos is that no one should be defined by their condition.
“At Muscular Dystrophy WA we start with our community: their ambition, life and personality, and work to further their own goals,” she said.
“Our group of forty five riders understand our members medical needs are only half the story and as such we ride to raise awareness and funds to ensure that we can assist our community to achieve their goals.”
Since 2010, more than $500,000 has been raised through the Ride for Someone Who Can’t campaign.
They are aiming for $100,000 from this year’s event to add to that total.
To make a donation to Muscular Dystrophy Western Australia visit: https://everydayhero.com.au/event/ridefswc2016