Fit­ness will be put to the test

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - STREET WATCH -

A BEL­MONT man who has lost 20kg over the past 12 months is gear­ing up for one of his big­gest chal­lenges yet, the 35km Bloody Long Walk next Sun­day.

The event is be­ing held to raise funds for the Aus­tralian Mi­to­chon­drial Disease Foun­da­tion.

Stephen Har­ris (42) said he was happy to sup­port the cause to raise much-needed funds for vi­tal re­search and ed­u­ca­tion, and to sup­port peo­ple af­fected by mi­to­chon­drial disease.

Mito is a de­bil­i­tat­ing ge­netic dis­or­der that robs the body’s cells of en­ergy, caus­ing mul­ti­ple or­gan dys­func­tion or fail­ure and po­ten­tially death.

There is no cure and few ef­fec­tive treat­ments.

Mr Har­ris said he was also tak­ing part to main­tain his fit­ness d459472 lev­els af­ter tak­ing part in the Run for a Rea­son in May, the Western Mudd Rush and City to Surf run in Au­gust.

“I’m try­ing to keep my­self mo­ti­vated, fit and healthy,” Mr Har­ris said.

“It’s also a bit of a mes­sage to my chil­dren too that dad’s still got it.”

He said he was go­ing for about four, 40-minute walks each week, as well as three gym ses­sions to pre­pare for the walk.

Mr Har­ris said he was aim­ing to raise $400 and had so far raised $250.

He will be joined by about 1000 walk­ers, start­ing at Sir James Mitchell Park and fin­ish­ing at Cottes­loe.

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Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Bel­mont res­i­dent Stephen Har­ris is train­ing to take part in the Bloody Long Walk.

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