Fundraiser shows his winning ways
CHARLES Winning has swapped a fencing foil for a bike ahead of the Race Around Rottnest.
The 21-year-old Mosman Park resident said he fenced and studied martial arts in the past, but would run and cycle to raise money for Autism West.
Entrants will swim, cycle, run and paddleboard on Rottnest in the annual fundraiser on October 17.
“I’ve done the City to Surf before and I did riding and running in (Race Around Rottnest) last year, but I prefer riding,” Mr Winning said.
The Autism West client said he did weights training for six months to improve his fitness.
“If you took a photo of the skinny monkey I was before I started, you’d see the difference now,” Mr Winning said.
Fifth Element trainer Chris Dutton said he got involved in fundraising when Autism West clients came to the gym.
“I’ve got a personal history of friends and family on the autism spectrum,” Mr Dutton said.
“We hold a running club twice a week with about seven to 10 people, but we’ve only started recently so we’re hoping to get a few more.”
Autism West chief executive Alison Davis said about 500 participants had registered by early September, which was about three times as many people as last year.
“We don’t get any government funding, so we rely on donations and events like this,” Ms Davis said.
“Last year, Autism West raised more than $10,000 at the Race Around Rottnest and we hope to double that this year.”
Race Around Rottnest competitors Patrick Tunnicliff, Charles Winning, trainer Chris Dutton and Nicole Moriarty.