NZ’s biggest Mother’s Day event coming to Gisborne

Gizzy one of 10 new locations for Jennian Homes Mother's Day Fun Run/Walk.

Gizzy one of 10 new locations for Jennian Homes Mother's Day Fun Run/Walk.

The Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk. Picture by Evan Barnes, Shuttersport Limited

ONE of the biggest Mother’s Day event, the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk, in support of women’s heart health, will be held in Gisborne this year for the first time on Sunday, May 13.

Gisborne is one of 10 new locations, with walkers and runners setting off at 10am on the day.

Other centres include Cambridge, Taupo, Napier, Blenheim and Wanaka.

More than 13,000 people throughout New Zealand are expected to take part in the 5km event, with 33 events being held simultaneously from Paihia to Invercargill.

Annual event supports Heart Foundation for Women

Now in its seventh year, the annual event supports Heart Foundation for Women, in what is the Heart Foundation’s 50th anniversary year.

Each location will have up to three Commonwealth Games athletes assisting with the warm-up, and all participants will receive an official event t-shirt designed by New Zealand artist Dick Frizzell that features the word ‘fifty’ in the shape of a love heart to acknowledge the anniversary year.

“Heart disease is the single biggest killer of women in New Zealand, claiming the lives of more than 55 women each week,” said Heart Foundation medical director Gerry Devlin.

“The Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk is a great way to raise much-needed funds and awareness for heart health and encourage women to look after themselves by being fit and active.

“Jennian Homes has been a loyal supporter of the Heart Foundation for almost a decade. Since the Heart Foundation began, it has invested more than $65 million into heart research and specialist cardiac training.

“We are excited to see so many new locations introduced to the event this year, which should see the biggest turnout ever,” Mr Devlin said.

Jennian Homes chief operating officer Aidan Jury said Mother’s Day was the perfect day to hold an event focused on women’s health.

“We are proud to be involved in not only helping to raise money and awareness, but also in encouraging women and their families to get active.”

Men encouraged to show their support

While the event is enthusiastically embraced by women, the sponsor is appealing for more men to get out and show their support by looking after the kids or joining in.

  • Early Bird tickets start at $20 and are available until the end of March. There are also discounted rates for juniors (Under 14) and groups.

ONE of the biggest Mother’s Day event, the Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk, in support of women’s heart health, will be held in Gisborne this year for the first time on Sunday, May 13.

Gisborne is one of 10 new locations, with walkers and runners setting off at 10am on the day.

Other centres include Cambridge, Taupo, Napier, Blenheim and Wanaka.

More than 13,000 people throughout New Zealand are expected to take part in the 5km event, with 33 events being held simultaneously from Paihia to Invercargill.

Annual event supports Heart Foundation for Women

Now in its seventh year, the annual event supports Heart Foundation for Women, in what is the Heart Foundation’s 50th anniversary year.

Each location will have up to three Commonwealth Games athletes assisting with the warm-up, and all participants will receive an official event t-shirt designed by New Zealand artist Dick Frizzell that features the word ‘fifty’ in the shape of a love heart to acknowledge the anniversary year.

“Heart disease is the single biggest killer of women in New Zealand, claiming the lives of more than 55 women each week,” said Heart Foundation medical director Gerry Devlin.

“The Jennian Homes Mother’s Day Fun Run/Walk is a great way to raise much-needed funds and awareness for heart health and encourage women to look after themselves by being fit and active.

“Jennian Homes has been a loyal supporter of the Heart Foundation for almost a decade. Since the Heart Foundation began, it has invested more than $65 million into heart research and specialist cardiac training.

“We are excited to see so many new locations introduced to the event this year, which should see the biggest turnout ever,” Mr Devlin said.

Jennian Homes chief operating officer Aidan Jury said Mother’s Day was the perfect day to hold an event focused on women’s health.

“We are proud to be involved in not only helping to raise money and awareness, but also in encouraging women and their families to get active.”

Men encouraged to show their support

While the event is enthusiastically embraced by women, the sponsor is appealing for more men to get out and show their support by looking after the kids or joining in.

  • Early Bird tickets start at $20 and are available until the end of March. There are also discounted rates for juniors (Under 14) and groups.
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