Step­ping out for Sands

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By Ni­cola Wil­liams

Ni­cola de Bruin and Heather Kents­ley are tak­ing great strides to help the baby loss sup­port group Sands.

The friends are mem­bers of a team of five women who will be walk­ing con­tin­u­ously for 12 hours to raise money for they work they do.

It’s a cause close to their heart as Mrs de Bruin’s son An­tonie was still­born.

They will do laps of West­ern Springs on Satur­day from 7am to 7pm. The event will also com­mem­o­rate what would be An­tonie’s fifth birth­day.

Mrs de Bruin did the same event in Mel­bourne for his first birth­day, rais­ing $9000 for the Aus­tralian equiv­a­lent of Sands at a time when it was “a lot more raw”.

She says to get peo­ple to reach into their pock­ets she had to come up with some­thing to get their at­ten­tion.

The con­cept wasn’t sup­posed to be easy, so they could show how com­mit­ted they were to the cause and raise peo­ple’s aware­ness.

“We want to push our­selves so it is some­thing we are achiev­ing.”

They in­vite peo­ple to join them for a few laps or have a pic­nic there on the day, and are hop­ing to curb bore­dom by hav­ing dif­fer­ent peo­ple to talk to.

The women will only stop dur­ing the 12 hours to use the toi­let and they will eat on the run.

They are ex­pect­ing friends and sup­port­ers to come and visit for part of the day, and will have a sausage siz­zle.

Bal­loons will be re­leased at the end and peo­ple are in­vited to write a mes­sage on the bal­loon to An­tonie or their own loved ones.

A meet­ing point with a Sands ban­ner will be sit­u­ated near the play­ground at West­ern Springs.

There will be do­na­tion boxes at the event, or peo­ple can make a do­na­tion by con­tact­ing Mrs de Bruin on 021-323-081 or email­ing za­cbon@xtra.co.nz.

Photo: NI­COLA WIL­LIAMS

Power walk: Ni­cola de Bruin and Heather Kents­ley are ready to walk for 12 hours to raise money for Sands.

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