Linda is run­ning for a good cause

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health - By EMILY BAKER

LINDA Had­field is com­pet­ing in a women’s triathlon not just for her­self, but a wor­thy cause.

The mother of two from Wem­b­ley will par­tic­i­pate in the event on March 15 to raise funds for the Women and In­fants Re­search Foun­da­tion’s (WIRF) pre­ma­ture birth re­search.

Mrs Had­field said it was good to have a fit­ness goal af­ter hav­ing kids and give some­thing back at the same time.

“I feel lucky to have had two healthy, full term preg­nan­cies, but I know that oth­ers are not so for­tu­nate,” she said.

“The Foun­da­tion’s pre­ma­ture birth re­search is so im­por­tant for those peo­ple,” she said.

“Com­plet­ing the triathlon is also a per­sonal goal for me, and train­ing for it is an ex­cel­lent way to get fit.”

WIRF is work­ing to dis­cover what causes pre­ma­ture birth and how it can be pre­vented, through the com­bi­na­tion of re­search with clin­i­cal care.

The foun­da­tion has re­cently launched the WA Preterm Birth Pre­ven­tion Ini­tia­tive (PTBPI), a state-wide pro­gram aimed at rais­ing aware­ness and safely low­er­ing the rate of preterm birth in WA.

Mrs Had­field is en­cour­ag­ing other women and moth­ers to reg­is­ter for the triathlon and raise funds for WIRF.

To make a do­na­tion to Mrs Had­field visit­ au/page/87619/wom­ens triathlon­for­wirf

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie­mu­ni­ d433106

Linda Had­field will be run­ning, swim­ming and cy­cling for her two healthy chil­dren, Jesse (21 months) and Tessa (6).

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