Can­cer re­search backed by gym

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport -

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.’’

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