More than 600 women participated in the 'fun run' held as part of the Heart Foundation's Go Red for Women campaign on Mother's Day (May 10) in Richmond, New Zealand.
"It was wonderful, fantastic support in raising awareness of women's heart disease," said Daryl O'Reilly general manager of Jennian Homes Nelson Bays.
AdvertisementThe fine weather saw an increase of registrations on the day for the 5km fun run or walk with a record number of entries.
Nelson Marlborough District Health Board cardiologist Tammy Pegg spoke at the event about the importance of dialing 111 instead of making your own way to hospital in the case of a heart attack.
"Tammy wanted to get the message across that ringing 111 is the right thing is to do, as the specialist help that is required in the early stages of a heart issue is available straight away which means the cardiology team at the hospital can prepare," said O'Reilly. Spot prizes were donated by local businesses and O'Reilly said they were grateful for the contributions.
He estimated more than 100 prizes at the end of the event and the main prize was a mountain bike from Jennian Homes and Village Cycles. The Mother's Day Fun Run/Walk was started in Nelson several years ago and this year the event was held in 18 other locations throughout the country.