Cos­tumes play a role for char­ity

South Western Times - - Front Page -

Bun­bury will join the na­tion in don­ning a cos­tume for a good cause this week as Na­tional Su­per­hero Week 2017 en­cour­ages peo­ple to take part in rais­ing money and aware­ness for Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy Aus­tralia. South West Cos­play­ers Shane Foss and Kir­ralee Slaven joined Edith Cowan Univer­sity South West Bun­bury Campus for an event cel­e­brat­ing all things su­per hero and su­per vil­lain.

BUN­BURY peo­ple will be swap­ping ties for tights, back­packs for capes and coats for cos­tumes as they take part in Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy Aus­tralia’s Na­tional Su­per­hero Week.

The Edith Cowan Univer­sity South West Bun­bury Campus hosted its own event on Mon­day, which saw it pair up with the South West cos­play com­mu­nity to raise money and aware­ness of the dis­or­der.

The event en­abled cos­play­ers, stu­dents and staff to take part in a su­per­hero relay race, best dressed com­pe­ti­tion and a bar­be­cue lunch for a gold coin do­na­tion.

Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy is a life threat­en­ing, mus­cle de­stroy­ing dis­or­der which af­fects one in every 625 peo­ple in Aus­tralia.

There is no cure and young chil­dren are most vul­ner­a­ble to the sever­est form of the dis­or­der.

The week-long event aims to de­liver the mes­sage that peo­ple liv­ing with the dis­or­der should not be stopped from re­al­is­ing their full po­ten­tial.

Mus­cu­lar Dys­tro­phy Aus­tralia’s ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Boris Struk said it was “heart-warm­ing” to have Bun­bury peo­ple take part and pro­vide hope to fam­i­lies af­fected by the con­di­tion.

“It is a chance for school kids and adults to be that su­per­hero they have al­ways dreamed about, whilst rais­ing funds for our pro­grams and re­search, mak­ing a dif­fer­ence and chang­ing at­ti­tudes,” he said.

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

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