WARRNAMBOOL personal trainer Mel O’Keefe knows all too well the emotional and financial stress that accompanies quadriplegia.
When she was four years old, Mrs O’Keefe’s father Wayne Rogers broke his neck and was left a quadriplegic.
So when she heard about local man Bryn Murfett and the effort to raise funds so he could undergo stem cell treatment, she knew she needed to do something.
The result is Warrnambool’s Biggest Boot Camp for Bryn to be held tomorrow — a fitness fund-raising event with well-known personal trainer Mic Andrew from Bendigo.
“I’m really passionate about it,” Mrs O’Keefe said.
“I heard about Bryn and wanted to do something, me and my husband are personal trainers so we came up with the boot camp idea.”
She said Mr Andrew is a well-known personal trainer teacher, having worked with the likes of Commando Steve from Channel 10’s The Biggest Loser and tomorrow would be “a unique opportunity for locals”. She said Mr Andrew would put boot camp participants through their paces in the at the St Joseph’s oval from 9am to 10am.
She said the cost is $15 with all proceeds going to the 4Bryn appeal.
“We’ve had some donations from local businesses to use as a lucky wristband prize draws,” she said.
“I’d love to see as many people there as possible to support Bryn.
“People can register by calling me on 0408 526 572 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org,” she said.