Duo in super effort
COSTUMED FUNDRAISERS PRAISED
TWO Victoria Park residents dressed as Lady Gaga and Batgirl as they rode for a good cause as part of the Act-Belong-Commit Dwellingup 100 on Saturday.
Marjan Stolte and Caroline Marshall dressed in the costumes to Ride for Someone Who Can’t campaign, to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy WA.
It was the fourth year Ms Stolte had taken part in the ride after being inspired by Muscular Dystrophy WA employee Brianna O’Donnell.
This year Ms Stolte took her employer Mrs Marshall, who took on the 14km while she took on the 60km track.
Ms Stolte said she had prepared to take part in the event after taking on the 100km track last year.
“When I did the 100km last year, I just died because it was so tough so I’d rather do the 60km,” she said.
“I think Brianna is an inspiration; she never lets anything get her down so I don’t mind enduring a bit of pain.”
Ms Stolte said the track was challenging but she had prepared herself for some tough terrain.
“There are lot of steep uphill parts and plenty of gravel; physically it’s tough,” she said.
Ms Stolte said the idea of Batgirl started when she took part with a former participant, who went as Wonder Woman.
“It’s just stuck with me, people recognise me as Batgirl and when Caroline decided she was going to take part she wanted to dress as Lady Gaga,” she said.
“There aren’t a lot of other people who dress up, although I did see a Ninja Turtle go past me last year.”
Ms O’Donnell lives with a rare form of the condition, called severe childhood autosomal recessive muscular dystrophy.
She said it was a special effort by Mrs Stolte
“She helps me out a lot with my physio and in other ways. It’s very special to know that she’s willing to go through the pain because I know it’s a tough ride.”
Marjan Stolte, Brianna O'Donnell and Caroline Marshall.