Sport

Get on a roll to help those with disability

ON the back of the excitement from the Tokyo Paralympic Games, Wheelchair Sports NSW/ACT is inviting all to go rolling with them to raise funds for people with disabilities.

The first major community fundraiser in over a decade, ‘Roll On October’ is open to everyone, whether you’re in your chair, on your bike, atop your skateboard or however you roll.
“It is lockdown proof, as you can roll in your own time in a Covid safe way, and a wonderful opportunity for people with disabilities and allies of the disability community to achieve something together,” Wheelchair Sports CEO Mick Garnett said.
‘Roll On October’ involves participants choosing a number of kilometres to roll, and asking people to sponsor them to achieve their goal.
Suggestions for distances include 42km, which is the distance wheelchair sporting superstar Madison de Rozario just rolled to win the Paralympic Marathon in Tokyo, or 96km which is how far Kurt Fearnley crawled to conquer the Kokoda Track.
“We see every week the life-changing benefits of sport for people with disabilities,” Garnett said.
“In addition to the physical and mental health benefits, we know that sport plays a crucial role in keeping people connected and building community.”
Anyone who wants to roll in October, is invited to sign up as individuals or in a team at RollOnOctober.org.au.