Now that we have your attention ...Talking about our bodies is still very taboo least of all, our bottom.
Bowel cancer is a huge and fast growing health issue in New Zealand with 3000+ Kiwis diagnosed with the disease each year and more than 1200 of those losing their lives - that makes it the second highest cause of cancer death in New Zealand after lung cancer.
This weekend and the month of June sees the opportunity for you to show your support and (warning, pun) get behind a charity that is severely overlooked. St Clair Vineyard Half Marathon, Marlborough 11 May
Over the past six years the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon has helped raise more than $290,000 for Bowel Cancer NZ. This weekend will see another bunch of runners donning their trainers and sweating it out across a beautifully picturesque 21 km course.
As a firm, we support Bowel Cancer New Zealand in a number of ways, including by providing pro bono legal advice. But this isn't a puff promotional piece, this is to praise the efforts of an organisation that needs to be catapulted into the light because it really does need our attention.
Taking part in the event will be Annika Lim. Annika is Ed Lim's (a partner at HGM) wife and mum of two little ones, a lawyer and a volunteer on the Bowel Cancer NZ Executive Board. This year she decided to set herself a new challenge in support of this great charity - running the Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon this weekend to beat bowel cancer. Ed lost his father to bowel cancer just weeks after Annika and Ed married and Annika saw her good friend kick bowel cancer's butt when she was diagnosed at just 28 (with a 5 month old baby). Tying up her laces and wearing the running bib stepping up to the start line will have such emotional significance for Annika this Saturday.