Care crusade alters tack
Child abuse campaigner and marathon runner Rebekah Smith has been forced to hang up her running shoes but she’s vowing to continue her battle to keep children safe and protected.
The mother of three had been training hard for the New York City marathon in November, hoping to raise $50,000 for the children’s charity Jigsaw Family Services. But a few weeks ago she collapsed at work and doctors have forbidden her to run or exercise while they get to the bottom of the problem.
‘‘They have told me that New York is completely off the table,’’ Rebekah says. ‘‘It took me a while to come to terms with it. I’m really disappointed that I will not be running.’’ But Rebekah has decided to continue her battle against child abuse in Tokoroa and will keep up her fundraising efforts and her links with Jigsaw. Under the slogan ‘‘Cherish Our Children’’ Rebekah is campaigning to make Tokoroa a better place to raise children and to provide strong role models for fathers and step fathers.
‘‘I decided to run the marathon because I wanted to do something to help children in this area. But I have discovered, through the support of Jigsaw, my employer Carter Holt Harvey and many locals and friends that we can make a difference anyway. I’m appalled Tokoroa has one of the highest child abuse rates in New Zealand. It is such a small community, I really believe we can get together and change all that,’’ she said.
For more information phone Rebekah Smith 027 447 6162