Walking for breast cancer awareness

Last updated 14:03 14/02/2013

STEP IT OUT, LADIES: The Hot-Whitu Chicks are ready to hit the pavements walking as members of a new female fitness and friendship group to promote optimal health while supporting a great charity.

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The Breast Cancer Foundation has a new ally. On Saturday morning, the Hot-Whitu Chicks came together for the first time with the aim of stepping it out for breast cancer awareness, personal fitness and friendship.

The Hot-Whitu Chicks is a new walking group for women, and is the initiative of personal trainer Lauren Parsons.

"I was blown away to have around 40 ladies take part. We raised $60 through gold coin donations so at this rate will raise over $3000 in the coming year for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Lauren has set the group up "as a fabulous way to build friendships and promote optimal health while supporting a great charity".

"We'll meet at the Hokowhitu Village car park rain or shine at 9am every Saturday."

Participants will walk from the village shops down Albert St to the riverside walkway, taking in the scenery along the bank towards the Fitzherbert Bridge before heading back to the shopping centre via the Centennial Lagoon - a 5-kilometre walk lasting about an hour.

"All ladies are welcome no matter their walking speed; buggies are welcome too, so invite your friends along for some good company in support of a great cause."

Those who want to stay and chat and reinforce their friendships can then retire to a cafe at Hokowhitu for a cuppa and perhaps something to eat.

All it takes to join in is the will and a gold coin donation which goes directly to the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Lauren is hoping to gain some business sponsorship to arrange hot pink tees for the "Chicks" to wear and further raise awareness of the group and its cause.

For more details and to stay informed she is inviting anyone interested to join the Hot-Whitu Chicks on facebook.com/LaurenParsonsGetFit FeelFabulous.

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- Manawatu Standard

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