Gold Coasters will be flexing their muscles on the beach this weekend… here’s why!

If there’s one thing Gold Coaster’s know, it’s how to flex some serious muscle on our golden beaches… This Saturday, however, it’s going to be for a great cause.

Gold Coast local Samantha Dwyer is holding a unique fundraising event to raise money for a cure, having been diagnosed with a life-threatening neuromuscular condition called Friedreich Ataxia.

The event, Lend Us Some Muscle (LUSM), will see Gold Coast residents donning fake LUSM tattoos and flexing their muscles during a 30-minute circuit workout to raise much-needed funds and awareness for Friedreich Ataxia Research Alliance.


Friedreich Ataxia is a debilitating condition affecting not just 300 Australians, but also both 26-year-old Samantha Dwyer and her sister, Jamie-Lee, 27.

Samantha said the money raised from the event will be used by fara to help fund the first clinical gene therapy trials in Australia, which is a huge step towards curing Friedreich Ataxia.

“A cure for Friedreich Ataxia would mean that my sister and I could live our lives the way 20-something-year-olds are meant to.

“It would mean that the 7 year-old boy who has just been diagnosed will never deteriorate to the point where he has to use a wheelchair full-time.”

Lend Us Some Muscle is taking place at Kurrawa Beach, Broadbeach Boulevard at 9am this Saturday, 19th May.