A sea of red washed over Ellerslie Racecourse on Sunday as hundreds united in support of heart health.
The annual ‘Mothers Day fun run/walk’, hosted by Jennian Homes, was held all over New Zealand. The event is part of the ‘Go Red for Women’ campaign run by the Heart Foundation, and aims to raise awareness of heart disease in NZ women.
Three thousand Kiwi mothers, daughters, sisters and aunties die each year from the disease, making it the biggest killer of NZ women. That’s 50 women a week.
The message behind the ‘Go Red for Women’ campaign is that most of these deaths are premature and preventable. Raising awareness and educating families about the disease better ensures lives are saved before it’s too late.
Jocelyn Meynell was excited to be participating on the day. A broken ankle stopped her from entering last year’s event. As a nurse and breast cancer survivor, staying healthy is very important to her, the key she says “is to avoid heart disease”.
Jennian Homes CBD & East Auckland owner, Emma Langhorne, was impressed with the turnout for the fun run. She enjoyed seeing families doing something together and was inspired by the level of participation, from three generations of women, to fathers, brothers and sons.
“Sometimes it’s simply about taking that first step,” she says. “There were a number of people there, who for them, it was their first event of this kind. So it’s heartening to think that we might have helped them start an amazing journey of health. Their own personal journey of health, and that’s what it’s all about. People inspiring people.”
Gallery: The Jennian Homes Mothers Day fun run/walk was a success