Get your pink walk on for Waikato

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Hamilton Lake is set to become a sea of pink, with the upcoming Waikato Breast Cancer Trust (WBCT) Pink Walk/Pink Challenge taking place on Thursday, October 6.

Hamilton Lake is set to become a sea of pink, with the upcoming Waikato Breast Cancer Trust (WBCT) Pink Walk/Pink Challenge taking place on Thursday, October 6.

This annual community event raises funds for the Waikato Breast Cancer Trust and aims to raise awareness around breast cancer and research.

“Funds raised go towards research which benefits Waikato women with better surgical, drug and radiotherapy treatments. The WBCT works with patients on clinical trials looking at different types of treatment to reduce their breast cancer suffering,” says fundraising co-ordinator Fiona Johnson.

“We raise awareness of breast cancer and the research that will uncover new treatment options for those diagnosed with breast cancer and prevention strategies for those who are at risk.

“The Pink Walk is to celebrate with women and men who have survived breast cancer and to remember those who have passed away.“

pink walk 2Open to everyone, the Pink Walk is 3.5km around Hamilton Lake; mums, dads, kids, those in prams or wheelchairs; you can even bring your dog along. The 5km fun run is for those keen on a bit more exercise. The first team to cross the finish line wins the Pink Challenge Cup.

“This year we are introducing a Runners’ Club Cup for all those participating as part of a running club, to create a little bit of rivalry between running clubs.”

The Pink Walk/Challenge event opens at 4:30pm for late registrations, with all walkers starting at 5:45pm. The 5km fun run starts at 6:15pm with warm-ups for all walkers and runners by Les Mills Trainers 15 minutes prior to starting.

“Encourage your friends and colleagues to create a ‘pink costume’ and register online to join in the fun after work on Thursday, October 6.

“A Givealittle page and an Everyday Hero  page have been set up to create more fundraising opportunities for those getting sponsored, or who are wanting to fundraise more for Waikato Breast Cancer Trust.

“Any funds raised go directly towards supporting our research nurses conducting clinical trials and to staff co-ordinating the Waikato Breast Cancer Register. This register is an important information database for researchers as it records patients, their type of breast cancer, types of treatment – surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy – as they continue on their breast cancer journey.

“Your support pays it forward for our daughters, sisters, mums, colleagues and friends to treat this disease, reduce the suffering and make life worth living!” says Fiona.

Pinkwalk.co.nz

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