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Wellingtonians encouraged to walk for orthopaedic research

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People who have had hip or knee replacements, other orthopaedic surgery, or just fancy meeting new people and getting a bit of exercise are encouraged to attend Wellington’s Walk for Wishbone.

Walk for Wishbone is the Wishbone Orthopaedic Research Foundation of New Zealand’s major fundraiser, to be held on Sunday 28 April. Participants can choose to walk for 1km on the flat around the velodrome at Hataitai Park, or for 5 kms on Mt Victoria’s tracks, with stunning views over the outer harbour and the western hills.

Funds raised go towards research into improving surgery and treatment for joint replacements reducing pain, broken bones, bone infections and cancers, congenital disorders and sports injuries.

Super-active Jill from Newtown has had enough orthopaedic surgeries to last several lifetimes, including two hip replacements and two knee replacements.

She’ll be at the Wellington walk and encourages people of all ages and levels of fitness to come along and have a go.

"Get active - that’s what your body is designed to be. Walking is a really nice activity, you can do it with friends, have a chat while you’re doing it. And all the while support research into orthopaedic surgery."

She says before she had her first hip replacement she could hardly walk down the road because the cartilage had been so ground down.

"Orthopaedic surgery can make such a difference. We’re not talking three months extended life here, we’re talking another 10-15 years where you can live an independent, active life; be part of the community.

"If orthopaedic research leads to people getting surgery that is quicker, more efficient and less costly, then that can only be good."

To enter, fundraise or donate go to www.walkforwishbone.org.nz

This year’s event has the support of the New Zealand Rugby Foundation Inc.

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