Yes they can – riders do their bit for cause
VICTORIA Park MLA Ben Wyatt and Como resident Peter Chwal will be blazing the trails of Dwellingup this weekend just because they can.
Individuals will take on the 14, 40 or 100km track at the Act-Belong-Commit Dwellingup 100, but the two will be joining the 40 mountain bikers who will be taking part in the Ride For Someone Who Can’t, Muscular Dystrophy WA’s major fundraising and awareness event.
Mr Wyatt has not done the ride before but said he was looking forward to the challenge.
“I am a regular road rider but don’t do much mountain biking so am looking forward to the challenge of off-road riding for such a fantastic cause,” he said.
He will ride with Kwinana MLA Roger Cook and will be riding for Joel Slinger.
The 33-year-old has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and uses an electric wheelchair.
Although he is unable to ride, it does not stop him from going out, travelling and playing electric wheelchair sport.
Mr Chwal, a liver trans- plant success story, will be riding for Mackenzie, a bubbly 8-year-old he met through Muscular Dystrophy WA.
Mackenzie was diagnosed as having spinal muscular atrophy type 2 when she was 10 months old, which left her with weak muscles and a physical disability, but her spirit is wild and has a personality bigger than life.
Mr Chwal was the recipient of a liver transplant in February 2012 and said he was grateful to be able to physically ride so the least he could do was ride for someone who couldn’t.
Up for the challenge: Peter Chwal (Como) and Victoria Park MLA Ben Wyatt.