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’.