Walk for kids
A sea of red tutus, Minnie Mouse ears and painted faces swept through the Ashhurst Domain on Sunday for Cure Kids.
The annual Manawatu fun run brought people together from all over the area to raise awareness of children living in illness.
Rebecca Woodcock and her husband Baz travelled from Opiki to run alongside their daughter Sylvia for the 10-kilometre race. Sylvia, 9, has type one diabetes. Baz Woodcock said the Red Walk was a great way to raise awareness for children living with a range of illnesses, from ADHD, to diabetes, cancer and allergies.
Sylvia Woodcock said her favourite part of the day was getting Jaffa lollies at the end of the race.
Palmerston North resident Kim Zentveld, who has lost 26kg in the past nine months and has arthritis in her knees, said she felt proud of her efforts walking in the 10km event.
‘‘I have stayed with a lot of family and friends as they were passing of cancer,’’ she said.
‘‘It doesn’t get easier. It’s even harder when it’s children.’’
She said she enjoyed the day and was looking forward to the next event.
Palmerston North resident Elise Middleton was walking for her daughter Nova, 3, who had a severe anaphylactic reaction to many foods.
She said she first realised her daughter was an anaphylactic when feeding her an egg when she was 18 months old.
‘‘She was trying a bit of egg on the end of a spoon. It was a rush to the hospital from there.’’
Her other daughter Imogen Middleton, 9, who walked 5km, said the fun run was supporting people that were sick and others that were cure kids.
Organiser Laurel Winiata said the number of registrations had doubled from last year’s event.
There were 315 online registrations completed the night before the walk.
Winiata said Red Walk was about uniting Manawatu people together and raising awareness for children with a range of illnesses and disorders.
Winiata has been involved with Cure Kids for about four years.
Her son Riley, suffers from chronic asthma and has been in and out of hospital since his first asthma attack at just 18 months old.
This was her second year running the Red Walk, which she hoped would raise awareness of the number of families and children battling through their own difficult times.
From left; Tayla Lewer, 7, Amey Lewer and Alysha Lewer, 9, take part in the 5km walk for Cure Kids.