Fundraiser shows his win­ning ways

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

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.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d443341

Race Around Rot­tnest com­peti­tors Pa­trick Tun­ni­cliff, Charles Win­ning, trainer Chris Dut­ton and Ni­cole Mo­ri­arty.

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