Walker determined to do 24 hours

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 15:13 07/02/2014
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BIG WALK: Bethan Powell will walk for the entire 24 hours of the Relay For Life.

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Reporter Alexia Johnston put a set of questions to ACC case co-ordinator Bethan Powell who is taking part in this year's Relay For Life.

The event is a 24-hour team fundraiser, which requires at least one team member to be walking at any one time.

However, Ms Powell is making it her mission to walk constantly throughout the event.

She also plans to wear a pedometer to record how many steps she does and will run a sweepstake. Whoever guesses the closest number of steps will win a $50 voucher, donated by The Oxford Timaru.

Like Ms Powell, many people have been affected personally by cancer.

By taking part in the event they are doing their bit to remember those who have lost their fight and celebrate those who have survived the disease.

There are 45 teams registered for the event, which takes place at Caroline Bay on March 8-9.

To find out how to take part visit relayforlife.org.nz

What is your motivation for taking part?

Two very good friends of mine were diagnosed with cancer last year and this is one very small way in which I can show my support for them and help in the general fight against cancer.

Have you participated in Relay for Life before?

No, ACC had a team in last year as well but I had a wedding that weekend so missed out.

Is there anyone in particular you are walking in support of, or memory of?

I am walking in support of everyone that has been through it, going through it, had to watch someone close to them go through it or died because of it.

What made you decide to walk the entire time?

... A moment of insanity! I just wanted to fully commit to the event and this was the only way I felt I could do that.

Are you training for that challenge, if so how and how often?

Yes, I am aiming to go the gym at least three times a week, aiming for a good long walk each weekend and trying to walk anywhere and everywhere I can, at every possible opportunity!

What do you think will be the biggest challenge? To keep going between 3am to 5am

What are you looking forward to most about Relay for Life?

10am Saturday morning! Everyone that has been part of it has told me how amazing the atmosphere is so am really looking forward to experiencing that.

How much money do you aim to raise for the cause?

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Our team have not set a goal as yet but I am definitely going to aim for big numbers!

Who is your inspiration for doing what you are doing?

Di and Tracey, they have remained strong throughout and have taken blow upon blow and yet both still manage to smile and stay positive. If they can be that strong, I can walk a few miles to help raise awareness and support them and the Cancer Society.

How many people from your workplace (ACC) are taking part?

At this stage hoping for a team of 15 which will be a mix of friends and colleagues from ACC.

How many teams will they make up?

Just one at this stage but there is always room for more.

SOUTH CANTERBURY HERALD

- South Canterbury

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