Walk for kids

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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.

PHOTO: WAR­WICK SMITH/FAIR­FAX NZ

From left; Tayla Lewer, 7, Amey Lewer and Alysha Lewer, 9, take part in the 5km walk for Cure Kids.

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