Best foot for­ward for good cause

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By DANIEL WHIT­FIELD

You know some­one’s heart is in the right place when they are pre­pared to walk the Great Wall of China to prove it.

Jo-Mait­era Hall will par­tic­i­pate in the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion’s Pink Rib­bon Trek in Septem­ber and is al­ready train­ing for the 11- day, 8850- kilo­me­tre chal­lenge.

The trek is a new fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive for the foun­da­tion and is a col­lab­o­ra­tion with Inspired Ad­ven­tures.

The Hon­goeka Bay res­i­dent and busy mother of four took part in the 2014 Ride to Con­quer Can­cer and said her goal was to con­tinue sup­port­ing peo­ple on per­sonal jour­neys, in­clud­ing women with breast can­cer.

Although she was not a sur­vivor her­self, Hall said there had been can­cer within her fam­ily.

‘‘I lost my un­cle last year and I’ve known peo­ple who have lost fam­ily mem­bers to can­cer as well,’’ Hall said.

‘‘ It’s so preva­lent. You al­ways know some­one who has had can­cer or been af­fected by it.’’

Though Hall, who is Ngati Toa, tries to keep her­self fit and is in­volved in many ac­tiv­i­ties, she said pos­i­tiv­ity kept her fo­cused.

‘‘When I saw the Pink Rib­bon Trek 2015, I thought, ‘I can do this’.’’

In Hall’s group there are about 19 oth­ers tak­ing part and another group has also been cre­ated.

‘‘ This will be my first time in China. It’s an in­ter­na­tional chal­lenge and a great op­por­tu­nity to raise aware­ness. I haven’t trav­elled since hav­ing chil­dren.’’

Hall said her fundrais­ing goal was open, but she would like to raise $3500 for the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion. For the trip it­self, she needs to raise $4500 and so far she has raised just over $2000.

‘‘I’m op­ti­mistic. I look for­ward to the chal­lenge and ap­pre­ci­ate ev­ery­one’s tautoko [sup­port].’’

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