Three Echuca women will travel to the US later this year to take part in the New York Marathon and raise awareness of heart disease.IVY WISE April 18, 2014 3:46am
A trio of Echuca women will visit the big apple in November to run the New York Marathon.
Sharon Briscoe, Bek Frantz and Cynthia Opie will challenge themselves while raising awareness of heart disease.
The group has registered to run as the Hearts 4 Hearts team for the Heart Foundation in the 42.2km marathon.
Peak Fitness Peak Lifestyle and Personal Training owner Mrs Frantz said the opportunity came about through the Heart Moves program she runs at the gym.
‘‘The program is about people being healthy and active, so when the opportunity to do the marathon came along, I thought: ‘I can’t be selfish and do it on my own’,’’ she said.
‘‘Sharon and Cynthia were keen and we are all passionate about being healthy and active through our different roles.’’
Mrs Briscoe and Mrs Opie work at Echuca-Moama Family Medical Practice, as practice manager and nurse respectively.
‘‘As a nurse working in primary care, I see people everyday who have either experienced a cardiac event or have risk factors and are taking up the challenge to make lifestyle changes to reduce that risk,’’ Mrs Opie said.
‘‘It is rewarding to see people participate in this journey and so together we decided to experience a challenging journey too.’’
Mrs Briscoe, who is also a gym instructor, said she had seen a significant number of patients coming through the practice with heart conditions.
‘‘We thank the Heart Foundation for allowing us this amazing opportunity to also challenge ourselves physically, just as those who experience heart disease do every single day,’’ she said.
The trio has organised several fundraising events in a bid to raise $45,000 for the Heart Foundation.
The first will be a movie fundraiser on April 27, followed by a Queen of Hearts Ball at The Mill Restaurant on May 10.
The movie fundraiser will screen The Other Woman at 2pm at the Paramount.
Tickets include a sweet pack and cost $40 each.
The ball will be a casino night and will include an auction, tapas and entertainment, with all proceeds going to the cause.
Heart Foundation Victoria chief executive Diana Heggie praised the trio and said the money they raised would not only raise vital funds to continue the organisation’s lifesaving work, but spread the message about the benefits of being physically active.
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