Pe­tra­noff com­pletes char­ity walk

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Pe­tra­noff Smith com­pleted the im­pos­si­ble on Novem­ber 15 – he walked five kilo­me­tres.

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.

Smith and 80 sup­port­ers took to Porirua’s streets to hon­our his brother, who died from can­cer last year.

‘‘I thought there wouldn’t be much of a turnout due to the weather, but the sun shone and I was amazed and over­whelmed by the sup­port,’’ he said.

‘‘It was one hell of a walk, but I can now tick that off my bucket wish list. ‘‘ Now I look for­ward to con­cen­trat­ing on a rugby come­back game next sea­son.’’

Smith said he wanted to thank all the peo­ple who walked and sup­ported him, in­clud­ing fam­ily from Samoa, New York and Aus­tralia.

More than $280 was raised for the Child Can­cer Foun­da­tion and Mary Pot­ter Hospice, with more still com­ing through.

Fin­ish line: Pe­tra­noff Smith com­pleted his five-kilo­me­tre walk on Satur­day.

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