Gary Wilmot aka ’No more Mr Fat Guy’ knows about challenges and how to overcome them. It all began when Gary decided to change his lifestyle at the age of 42 and started training for a marathon run. Having achieved this goal, he set himself another target to walk from Perth to Brisbane a distance of 5,500 kms – raising money for the Heart Foundation in his ‘Hearts across Australia Challenge’. He successfully completed this massive challenge in September 2015 after 4 months on the road wearing out 10 pairs of running shoes! He raised $ 10,000 for the Heart Foundation and his efforts were widely recognised both here in Australia and overseas.
Gary will be supporting the Rotary Team Challenge in May where he will be walking 50kms from Bakers Hill to the Swan View Railway station, along the picturesque Kep Track and Railway Heritage Track. A simple stroll for this guy, but a huge challenge for the participants brave enough to step up and have a go. Last year we had 150 participants this year we are hoping for over 200. The feedback from participants included “Had a blast yesterday doing the 22km trek. Bring on next year! “
Walkers on the Kep Track
The Rotary Club of Osborne Park organises this fundraising event which challenges teams of between 2 and 4 people to cycle, run or walk a variety of distances. Teams can choose to cycle from Northam to Swan View along the lovely nature trails, or they can cycle, run or walk the 50 km track with Gary and his team. Others may choose the 22 km challenge walking, cycling or running from Chidlow to Swan View. Whichever challenge teams want to accept, they are participating in a good cause, by raising funds for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA, while having a great day out with friends and challenging themselves.
The Multiple Sclerosis Society of WA (MSWA) provides support and vital healthcare services to Western Australians living with multiple sclerosis (MS), a neurological condition. Money raised in the Rotary Team Challenge will help to continue these services, fund research into finding a cure and provide high care accommodation and respite.
Cyclists at Chidlow pass on some useful tips to this group of young runners.
This fundraising event is the brain child of Brian Hancock and David Motta of the Rotary Club of Osborne Park who have spent many hours planning and organising the challenge; with the help of other Rotarians and staff from MSWA. Last year the event attracted over 125 participants and between them they raised nearly $75,000 for MSWA. The organisers hope to increase this fund raising target in 2016. “This year we are hoping to raise $100,000 for MSWA” said Brian Hancock, Treasurer of the Osborne Park Rotary Club .
The event is sponsored by a number of generous Perth companies including Midway Ford, The Good Guys of Osborne Park, Maslen Podesta, Esanda Finance, Allianz and Schindler Lifts. This year the event will be held on Saturday 7 May 2016. Click here to REGISTER!
Gary will be the guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Osborne Park meeting on 2 Feb commencing at 6pm. If you would like to learn more and join us at this meeting, please contact Louise on 0423 169 226, places are limited, so be quick.
Article compiled by Louise Hancock
Member Rotary Club of Osborne Park District 9455