Weight-loss king creates a movement
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.