Paddler stands up for those in need
Guildford paddler Alex Fossilo will attempt a marathon stand-up paddle to raise money for charity.
A MARATHON stand-up paddle next month considered to be the longest attempted in WA does not daunt Guildford paddler Alex Fossilo, one of five paddlers facing the 240km raising money for charity.
Mr Fossilo, along with Luke Hallam (27), Cameron MacKay (33), Michael Booth (26) and Lincoln Dews(21) will spend five days paddling on their 18ft ocean-going boards from Dunsborough to Fremantle.
They want to raise at least $20,000 so 2016-established WA charity Ocean Heroes can buy surfboards, a van, wetsuits, lifejackets and a beach gazebo to take children with autism surfing.
Mr Hallam, director of Ocean Heroes, said the prevalence of autism had increased
50 fold over the past 30 years and it was now estimated that at least 1 per cent of children had the condition.
Mr Mackay completed a 120km, three-day adventure paddle in the Kimberley in September.
“We could be paddling anything from five to eight hours each day and will all be wearing personal floatation devices and carry flares, walkie talkies, five litres of water and spare paddles,” he said.
“It’s just a sustained effort and it’s not sprint work, it’s constant movement and more of a mind game. The sharks will be there, for sure, and some of us might use big shark eye stickers under the board to deter them.”
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Cameron McKay, Michael Booth, Luke Hallam and Alex Fossilo will paddle from Dunsborough to Perth to raise money for a charity that helps people with a disability to surf.
Cameron McKay, Luke Hallam, Michael Booth and Alex Fossilo are training for a fundraising paddle from Dunsborough to Perth.