Tauranga’s brightest night walk

Hundreds are expected to walk the city streets for first Walking Stars in Tauranga. Photo: supplied.

A new Tauranga event is set to give participants the chance to experience the city at night while raising funds to support local people living with cancer.

Cancer Society event coordinator Shay Rout says she’s excited to bring Walking Stars to Tauranga for the very first time.

The night-time event, on February 12, 2022, will see hundreds of walkers set off from The Strand at twilight on either a 12km or half-marathon route around the city centre, incorporating Memorial Park.

“Walking Stars is all about being part of a vibrant community experience,” says Shay. “I’m expecting to see a lot of colour and energy on the streets of Tauranga.

“But the real motivating factor for people signing on for Walking Stars is the desire to have a positive impact for whānau affected by cancer in their community.

“Most people will know someone affected by cancer, and some walkers will even have had their own cancer experience.”

The Cancer Society has three nurses working in the Bay of Plenty region. They provide one-on-one support and information for people living with cancer. They also connect people with practical services, such as transport to treatment and prepared meals, to help ease some of the stress.

“These services are free,” says Shay, “which is why events like Walking Stars are vital for us, because the funds they raise make this possible.

“Walking Stars is a great way to set yourself a fun, physical challenge for the New Year, and a fundraising challenge that will make a difference for your community.”

To register, visit: www.walkingstars.org.nz


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