Force star goes bare
The Western Force’s Kieran Longbottom is stripping down to his underwear for this years ‘Dare to Bare’ Cupid’s Undie Run along the Fremantle Esplanade on Sunday, February 17.
Longbottom has stepped up as an ambassador for the Children’s Tumour Foundation of Australia which funds critical research into Neurofibromatosis and provides support to children, their families and adults diagnosed with the disorder.
Having never heard of Neurofibromatosis before, it wasn’t long after Longbottom met the Roberts family, dedicated supporters of the Force and campaigners for the Cupids Undie Run, that he decided to get involved in the cause.
“I did a bit of study to see what it was all about and how much it affects these kids and their families and then I met with the Roberts and they were absolutely lovely and thought “I’m in!”,” he said.
“It was an absolute joy to meet Seren, she is an incredibly sweet little girl that has a gorgeous smile and so much energy.”
Seven-year-old Seren Roberts was diagnosed with the condition five-years-ago when her mother and the director of the race, Donna Roberts, said there was little to no knowledge and awareness about the condition.
“When Seren was diagnosed with NF, we were astounded by the lack of awareness of NF even though it is one of the most common genetic disorders,” Roberts said.
“Seren has already had more surgeries and met more doctors than any other child should have done. What is really terrible is that it is like living with a time bomb, because you have no idea how or where other tumours will grow, there are few treatments and no cure.
“What we can do, is raise funds for life-changing research and provide support for families battling with NF.”
Longbottom will be “briskly walking” the 1.5km race with his wife Brigitta and dog Slinky, alongside the Roberts family and says he is looking forward to the race which hopes to raise over $500,000 for CTF so it can continue its good work.
“Personally, on the day, I’d just like to see everyone involved to have massive smiles on their faces and have a heap of fun,” Longbottom said.
“Before and after the day it would be fantastic to see the fundraising numbers go up, the Children’s Tumour foundation has set a goal nationwide of $500,000, which for a nationwide event feels very achievable.”
More details about the Cupid Undies Race Run at www.cupidsundierun.com.au.