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Manawatu sports stars support smokefree event

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Players from the champion Turbos, the Manawatu Jets, and Netball Manawatu will be participating in a World Smokefree Day event.

​The event will be held at Downtown Shopping Centre on Broadway, between 11am and 2pm, on World Smokefree Day, Sunday 31 May. Those who come along can join the Turbos, Jets, and Netball Manawatu players in fun games, and enter to win prizes from local smokefree businesses. Whether the kids want to meet some of their sporting heroes, or you want some advice on how to quit the smoking habit, there will be something for you. 

MidCentral DHB Interim Portfolio Manager for Primary Care Andrew Orange, is encouraging everyone to get down to the event.

He said: “Whether you want help to quit smoking, or just want to keep the kids entertained, we are encouraging everyone to come down. The great thing about this event is that it is a fun day for everyone, and it has a good message behind it. The local sports teams have been a great support with the smokefree campaign, and having players from the Turbos, Jets, and Netball Manawatu is a great display of how they are supporting healthy communities in our region. 

“There will also be plenty of prizes to be given away, which include vouchers to local companies that have got in behind the smokefree message. These include Georgie Girl, Petit Fours, Lido Aquatic Centre, Desert Rose Café, Walk-In Closet and Vautier Pharmacy.”

The event is being organised by MidCentral DHB, Central PHO, Cancer Society Central Districts, and quit smoking provider Te Ohu Auahi Mutunga, with help from Sport Manawatu.

Cancer Society Central Districts, Community Health Advocate Kerry Hocquard has been part of the team organising the event.

She said: “At the Cancer Society we are always promoting the benefits of giving up smoking. We’ve spent a lot of time recently encouraging local councils to get tougher on smoking in the CBDs, and it is great to see that some Palmerston North City Council members will be joining us at the event. If we are to be a smokefree country, we need a real culture shift, and this event is just a fun way of reminding people that smoking is an expensive habit and does nothing except damage your health.”

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