Huffing but no puffing

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Glenorchy’s Lou Wallace and Trish Fraser are pushing an anti-smoking message in a 100km walk/run round Taupo this weekend. 

They’re teaming up with Auckland’s Dr Marewa Glover and Angelik Singh for the annual Oxfam Trailwalker. 

Fraser and Glover are board members of End Smoking NZ, which aims to ban the sale of cigarettes by 2020. 

Fraser, a former director of New Zealand lobby group ASH (Action on Smoking and Health) is a public health consultant for the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease. 

To enter the Trailwalker, teams have to raise at least $2000 for the poverty-relieving Oxfam charity. 

The End Smoking NZ team has raised more than $2200 towards their own target of $2500 – including $875 from a TradeMe auction in which NZ rugby league star Manu Vatuvei offered his services as ‘maid for a day’. 

“This is a three-way event for us,” Fraser says. 

“Getting fit, fundraising for Oxfam and promoting an end-smoking message.” 

About 300 teams enter the Trailwalker each year. 

Another local team this year comprises four staff from Queenstown’s Crowne Plaza hotel.