Members of the community are invited to get in behind a fun community walk on Saturday 23rd October with a fundraising goal for $5,000 for a serious cause. The Matarangi beach walk has been organised by local Matarangi resident Sharon Clay and is fundraising for the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ.
The Matarangi Beach walk will start at the Bluff end of Matarangi beach and end at the Village Green, with plenty of spot prizes along the way.
Spot prizes will also be awarded to participants coming to support this great cause, with goodie bags provided for everyone. And, for those wanting to come dressed up there will be special prizes for the best dressed, most outrageous hat, best dressed pink male, the cutest pink toddler.
As I started to work on organising this event, I have come into contact with a number of women in my own community who have had breast cancer. Most I did not know had that brush with their own mortality. A good friend has had a mastectomy, a good friend of the family had 2 mastectomies many years ago, but all have spoken of the feeling of being scared at the initial diagnosis. Questions and thoughts of of why me?, what’s going to happen to my family?, why didn’t I go and check myself?, and I don’t want to die! There are a staggering number of people and families throughout New Zealand who will be affected in so many ways for a disease that can be preventable.
– Sharon Clay, Matarangi Beach Walk fundraiser organiser
How to get involved and donate to the Matarangi Beach Walk
Come along and support a fundraising walk at Matarangi Beach from 9am on Saturday 23rd October. Prior to the event make a donation by going to the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ Matarangi Beach Walk Take Action Fundraising page and make a minimum donation of $20.00 per person. Cash will be accepted on the day, but online donation prior is preferred by the organisers.
Why the Breast Cancer Foundation NZ needs funding
Nine women are diagnosed with breast cancer every day in New Zealand. Over a year this includes up to 3,300 women and 25 men. Of those diagnosed more than 650 will die.
Breast Cancer Foundation NZ’s vital work in providing support, life-saving education and vital research into more effective treatments is ongoing daily to meet a zero-death rate for Breast Cancer in New Zealand.
Money raised will help fund ground-breaking work by some of our countries top breast cancer researchers, educate people about breast health, and provide free support services for breast cancer patients and their families.