Pair to take on Central Park Plunge for cause

Holly ThompsonManjimup-Bridgetown Times
Kirby Bendotti and Dusty Swallow will abseil down the Central Park building in Perth on September 15.
Camera IconKirby Bendotti and Dusty Swallow will abseil down the Central Park building in Perth on September 15.

Two Pemberton residents will abseil 220m down one of Perth’s tallest buildings next month, to raise money for MSWA.

Dusty Swallow and Kirby Bendotti will take on the Central Park Plunge event, abseiling down from the top of the Central Park building in the CBD on September 15.

Mrs Bendotti said she had decided to take part in the event to support the many people in the Lower South West community who had multiple sclerosis.

“I roped Dusty into this one actually, my husband has multiple sclerosis and we get a bulletin through from MSWA every three months,” she said.

“In the bulletin it mentioned the Central Park Plunge and I figured that was something I would love to do, I hate running or anything like it but I can definitely get behind doing something crazy like this.”

She said before her husband had been diagnosed she had not realised how many people in the region were living with multiple sclerosis.

“When I thought of MS, I always assumed it was something only elderly people had to deal with but it is actually something a lot of children and young people deal with,” she said.

Mr Swallow said he was terrified of heights and was quite nervous to take on the challenge.

“If there is no squealing on the way down I would be quite surprised,” he said.

“We will both be wearing GoPros so I am sure that will capture everything that happens during the descent.”

Mrs Bendotti is not scared of heights and said the chance to abseil down a building was one she could not pass up.

The pair each need to raise $1100 to enter the event. Mrs Bendotti has reached $700 so far and Mr Swallow has reached $300.

A raffle will be held next to Manjimup Newsagency next Friday to help raise some more money and raffles in Northcliffe and Pemberton will follow soon.

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