Alex set for marathon pad­dle

Midland Reporter - - News - John Bas­sett

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.”

Do­nate at www.givenow.com.au/pad­dle4o­cean­heroes.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d475843

Cameron McKay, Luke Hal­lam, Michael Booth and Alex Fos­silo are train­ing for a fundrais­ing pad­dle from Duns­bor­ough to Perth.

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