Eion’s $100k mission

Best foot forward: Sir Eion Edgar and dog Poppy

Sir Eion Edgar is stepping up for a good cause.

The Queenstown philanthropist is aiming to raise $100,000 for Diabetes NZ by walking 200,000 steps in two weeks.

It’s a cause close to his heart.

As well as being a patron for the organisation, his family has set up a diabetes research centre at the University of Otago.

“Diabetes is the silent assassin,” he says.

“It’s one of the biggest problems facing New Zealand, and unlike other health-related issues like cancer or heart attacks, it’s extremely poorly funded. Unfortunately, most of the people who have diabetes as their cause of death come from lower socio-economic families.”

He’s already raised about $16,000.

Edgar says he usually walks between 50,000-60,000 steps a week, so doubling that will be a challenge.

“But it’s a good challenge.”

To donate visit www.everydayhero.com/nz/ and search for ‘Sir Eion’.