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A 5km run may have been a walk in the park for David Wirrpanda during his 14-year football career, but these days the former West Coast great prefers to take it easy.

Wirrpanda will join a host of WA athletes as they walk or run from the city to South Perth on Thursday for the annual PricewaterhouseCoopers Cool Night Classic.

This year's event hopes to raise $100,000 for the David Wirrpanda Foundation to fund its Deadly Sista Girlz program, which aims to empower young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander girls and encourage them to make positive and healthy lifestyle choices.

PwC Perth managing partner Nick Brasington said it would be the first time the proceeds would go to a charity with a head office in WA.

"This is about trying to make a real contribution to the growth and success of WA and that's not purely in relation to business," he said.

"It's about making sure we have a societal impact in this community."

While Wirrpanda said he would run at a leisurely pace, East Perth forward and foundation mentor Jarrad Oakley-Nicholls will be under a little more pressure.

"I'm going to have a crack out here rather than going to pre-season training that night, so I've been told I have to do it in under 20 minutes," Oakley-Nicholls said.

Wirrpanda said he was "over the moon" to have the support of PwC.

"Our programs expand as far as our funding, so that extra $100,000 really does mean a lot for our programs," he said. Registrations for the run close today.

The West Australian

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