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Turboman will be tackling the Manawatu Striders’ 5K walk with kids of MidCentral DHB’s (MDHB) child development service this Sunday.

​MDHB’s smokefree partners, the Manawatu Turbos, will be holding a special charity jersey game on September 3 against Canterbury, to raise money for the purchase of an electric buggy for MDHB’s child development service.

To raise awareness of this match, Turboman and Child Development Service member 6 year old Amber, who has Cerebral Palsy, will leave the field behind and take to the course as they, children who use the service, and their families, take part in the Manawatu Striders’ 5K walk. The walk is being held as part of the Striders’ annual half marathon, and everyone is welcome to join Turboman on his journey, with the entry fee being $20. 

The 5km walk starts at 10.15am Sunday 9 August, at the Massey Recreation Centre, and Turboman should reach the finish line just before 11am, in time for photos and interaction with the children.
MDHB’s Portfolio Manager Children, Youth & Intersectoral Partnerships Barb Bradnock is keen for everyone to get out and participate.

She said: “It will be a really fun time for everyone involved, and the children are really keen to meet Turboman and do this walk. Some will be walking, some will be in wheelchairs, but they’ll all be out for a great time. A big thank you to the Striders for allowing us to use their event for promoting this awesome fundraiser, and it’s a great way to get some exercise and get the word out about a good cause.”

Turboman is said to be in exceptional shape for the fun run; “Turboman is always fit in case he needs to save lives or, as in this case, help raise awareness for a great cause. It will be plenty of fun completing the course with young Amber and anyone else that joins!”

This will be the third ‘charity jersey game’ with last year’s game benefiting Palmerston North Hospital’s neonatal unit, and 2013’s going toward new televisions for the children’s ward.

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