Kerrod Paterson, 6, grips on to the Member for Maryborough Chris Foley just before they  head off down the highway.
Kerrod Paterson, 6, grips on to the Member for Maryborough Chris Foley just before they head off down the highway.

How about a ride on my bike instead?

By Jan Rolston

When the Member for Maryborough Chris Foley was asked to join in Push Ups in the Park to raise funds for Maryborough student Kerrod Paterson the answer was an emphatic "No''.

Six-year-old Kerrod suffers from the muscle-wasting disease Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.

Sunbury State School, which Kerrod attends, is raising money to buy a powered wheelchair and a vehicle to transport Kerrod in the wheelchair.

The idea to raise funds with Push Ups in the Park on Sunday, July 31, came from Otto Acron of Otto's Fitness World, Hervey Bay, who completed 1125 push ups on his 70th birthday raising $9000 in sponsorship for Kerrod's cause.

Organisations are being asked to form teams and challenge each other to raise funds at the Maryborough event in Queens Park.

Far from being mean Mr Foley felt he might not do the event justice.

"I was going to say I was too old to do push ups but then I realised Otto Acron is 70 and still doing them,'' Mr Foley said.

"But as you can see I have not been in training for such an event so instead I decided to make a donation and take Kerrod for a ride on my motorbike.''

Yesterday Mr Foley rolled up on his Yamaha Virago 1100, a beaming Kerrod was tucked on the back and away they flew. Fifteen minutes later the pair returned after roaring down Eatonvale Road and the Bruce Highway.

Anyone interested in joining in Push Ups in the Park should contact Maryborough City Council's executive assistant Toni Souvlis on 4190 5807.



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