Cancer research backed by gym
Curves New Zealand has pledged to lend its support to an effort to raise funds for vital breast cancer research and support programmes.
Curves Matamata will help raise money for the not-forprofit organisation through a series of events and initiatives throughout this month of October. Curves New Zealand clubs will also promote the benefits of prevention and early detection activities such as regular exercise, being breast aware, and for women 50 to 69, having a mammogram every two years.
The women’s-only fitness centre, located on Kea St, Matamata will waive the service fee for new members during October in return for a donation to Breast Cancer or another breast cancer organisation.
Curves New Zealand manager Lisa Hamilton said: ‘‘Fundraising for breast cancer charities is something which unites the Curves community globally and we’re delighted to be able to support Breast Cancer, whose goals of supporting and strengthening women match Curves’ core values extremely well.’’
Curves New Zealand has been fundraising in New Zealand for breast cancer charities for the past seven years and has so far collected in excess of $18,000. ‘‘With one in nine women at risk of developing breast cancer by the age of 85, Curves and its members cannot afford to ignore such a pertinent health matter,’’ said Ms Hamilton.
‘‘We are committed to not only support research through funding but also to increase awareness by encouraging our new and existing members to be breast aware and to lower their risk through exercise.’’