Fundrais­ing ride a per­sonal jour­ney

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Western Opinion - By GIO­VANNI TORRE

FOOT­BALL leg­end Barry Ca­ble will ride 1000km to help raise funds and aware­ness for Alzheimer’s re­search.

The for­mer Perth and North Mel­bourne player will ride with for­mer Masterchef con­tes­tant Josh Cata­lano in sup­port of the McCusker Alzheimer’s Re­search Foun­da­tion.

Mr Ca­ble and Mr Cata­lano were in Su­bi­aco on Tues­day to pro­mote the Barry Ca­ble Ride for Mem­o­ries, which runs from June 4 to 10.

“I know a cou­ple of peo­ple who have Alzheimer’s,” Mr Ca­ble said.

“I am get­ting to the last of my long rides, so I thought I would do this, not just for them but also for the thou­sands of peo­ple around Aus­tralia with Alzheimer’s.

“We are hop­ing we can get the mes­sage out there.

“Fit­ness has a lot to do with any dis­ease, I be­lieve, and it cer­tainly has a lot to do with Alzheimer’s.

“It is im­por­tant we show the way in that re­gard,” the 72-yearold three-time San­dover medal­list said.

McCusker Foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Judy Ed­wards said Alzheimer’s af­fected more than 350,000 Aus­tralians and was the na­tion’s sec­ond high­est cause of death.

“There is no cure,” she said. “How­ever, re­search is show­ing hope in re­gards to mem­ory preser­va­tion be­ing helped by ex­er­cise.

“We are grate­ful that they are get­ting on their bikes.”

Mr Cata­lano said the cause was per­sonal to him since his grand­mother suf­fered from the dis­ease.

“It has been chal­leng­ing… it was very hard when you’ve gone from some­one you love so dearly to them not recog­nis­ing who you are,” he said.

“The re­sponse from the public has been great. I am go­ing to carry the ba­ton for these long rides into the fu­ture.”

Mr Ca­ble said he had Mr Cata­lano’s cook­ing abil­ity in mind when he “roped” the chef into the project.

Barry Ca­ble and Josh Cata­lano pro­mot­ing their Ride for Mem­o­ries.

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