Duo in su­per ef­fort

COS­TUMED FUNDRAIS­ERS PRAISED

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d458891

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.”

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek

Mar­jan Stolte, Bri­anna O'Don­nell and Caro­line Mar­shall.

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