On your bike for MS funds

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The first MSWA Albany Ride will take place next month and residents can register to take part in the cycling event to raise vital funds for multiple sclerosis support.

Leaving from Emu Point, participants can choose to pedal in the 10km Twilight Family Ride, the 40km Ride, or the 80km Challenge.

Albany resident Rob Cridge, an ambassador for the MS Society who has had MS since 1995, said support for those with the disease made a big difference to sufferers.

“I am positive about the disease and want to get on with life and I want to promote the positivity that lies in having MS and other diseases,” he said. “You get an illness and you make the most of it.

“This will promote awareness that disability doesn’t make your life stop.

“There is so much that you can do.”

Funds raised by the event will stay in the Great Southern and go towards helping residents diagnosed with the disease to access physiotherapy, massage, occupational therapy and other treatments.

The ride aims to help the Albany Outreach Centre provide additional programs, move to a larger premises and build support accommodation units.

It is anticipated up to 300 people will ride on the day.

Mr Cridge said he hoped the general public seeing bicycles all over town would enhance knowledge and conversation on the disease.

“These small events really bring it to a ground level in the community,” he said. “I will be getting my kids involved and that is important, to get the next generation to give back to the community.”

The event is open to all members of the public and registrations can be made online at mswaalbanyride. org.au.

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