Weight-loss king cre­ates a move­ment

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

What started as a one-man walk to raise money for char­ity has turned into a 50- per­son pro­ces­sion.

On Satur­day Pe­tra­noff Smith will take to Porirua’s streets with his run­ning shoes and a large group of sup­port­ers in hon­our of his brother, who died from can­cer last year.

But a year ago, Smith couldn’t even walk to his mail­box.

His 100-kilo­gram weight-loss story gar­nered na­tional at­ten­tion after be­ing pub­lished in KapiMana News in Septem­ber.

‘‘What [was] sup­posed to be on my own is now at­tract­ing a bit of a crowd,’’ he said.

‘‘ The last count was 50 and that’s not in­clud­ing my fam­i­lies. I am wor­ried about safety.’’

He said he had spo­ken to po­lice and the coun­cil, but wanted to ask driv­ers to be care­ful on the day.

The five- kilo­me­tre walk will tick off an item on his bucket list which Smith never thought he would achieve.

It will start at 11am at Ti­tahi Bay In­ter­me­di­ate, pro­ceed along Ti­tahi Bay Rd to the end of Els­don Park, then re­turn to the school.

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