Ca­ble’s long ride to re­mem­ber

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - SPORT -

AFL leg­end and for­mer Perth Foot­ball Club player Barry Ca­ble was all smiles on Fri­day as he rode into Mid­land, the fi­nal des­ti­na­tion of the 1000km Barry Ca­ble Ride for Mem­o­ries.

The 72-year-old set off on the seven-day jour­ney from Esper­ance on Satur­day, with friend and for­mer Masterchef con­tes­tant Josh Cata­lano to raise money for the McCusker Alzheimer’s Re­search Foun­da­tion.

“Josh lost his grandma to Alzheimer’s,” Ca­ble said.

“We are de­ter­mined to find a way to en­sure other fam­i­lies don’t go through the same ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I also know a few peo­ple who have Alzheimer’s. So I thought be­cause I’ve done a lot of rides over the years for lots of causes, I’d do this one too.”

Alzheimer’s is the sec­ond largest killer dis­ease in the coun­try behind can­cer and af­fects more than 350,000 Australians.

That fig­ure is set to rise to 1 mil­lion by 2050, with­out a sig­nif­i­cant med­i­cal break­through.

Foun­da­tion chair­man Enzo Sirna thanked the pair for their ef­forts.

“I want to thank Barry and Josh most sin­cerely,” he said.

“To see the com­ple­tion to­day is re­ally a hum­bling ex­pe­ri­ence.

“I hope it has cre­ated that im­por­tant aware­ness along the way that hope­fully one day we will find a cure to Alzheimer’s.

“But for to­day, I think we need to re­spect this won­der­ful ef­fort.”

Ca­ble had been rid­ing 500km a week in prepa­ra­tion for the ride, but said he would be putting the ly­cra away af­ter this one.

“The fact that I’m get­ting on my­self, I thought I’d make this the last big ride I do,” he said. “I hope my wife He­len looks af­ter me the next cou­ple of days be­cause I won’t be get­ting out of bed.

“I don’t want any­one else’s mates or fam­ily to go through the suf­fer­ing of this dis­ease.”

So far, more than $10,000 has been raised from the ride. To donate, visit www.ev­ery­day­hero.com.au/event/ride-for-mem­o­ries.

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