Almost 50 Kiwi women are killed by heart disease every week.
Westlake Girls student Caitlin Nugent, 16, was shocked to find out cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in New Zealand.
She rallied her rowing team Sasha Ballantyne, Jessica Remmington, Poppy Logan, all 16, and Amber Gorrie, 17, to raise money for the Heart Foundation's Go Red for Women campaign.
Amber says she had no idea heart disease was so common.
The team will take half-hour turns on a rowing machine in Westfield Albany mall from when it opens at 9am to its close at 6pm on August 24.
"Half an hour is really hard. Just one in a day is enough," Sasha says.
Each student will have three turns and the team hopes to row 100km in total.
Caitlin says her passion for rowing seemed like a good way to help out in the community.
"You need a healthy heart. We're keen rowers and it's a good way to promote the sport."
There will be a spare rowing machine so the public can have a go and a television showing the girls' progress.
The team members have raised almost $500 towards their goal of $2000. Sasha says she is getting nervous.
"It's going to be to exhausting," she says.
"But it's going to a good cause so it's worth it."
Visit heartfoundation.org.nz /fundraise/page/westlakegirlsrowing to donate.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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