Every step counts!

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Fundraising for Sir John Kirwan Foundation


In September 2017, I experienced a neurological event that led to hearing & vision changes, mobility and sensory issues. I was diagnosed with Clinically Isolated Syndrome, often the first sign of Multiple Sclerosis. I had to relearn things I had totally taken for granted like walking, reading, writing & driving.

Today, I’m a Coach with Mitey - Sir John Kirwan Foundation. Mitey is a research based, school-wide approach to mental health education for Kiwi kids from yrs 1-8. Teaching and learning about mental health and developing skills, knowledge & understanding to recognise and respond to your own mental health & wellbeing needs and of those around you is so important, particularly when life throws you some curlies! I know that my own understanding about mental health and wellbeing absolutely helped me to navigate my journey – then & now.

On Fri 13th Sep I'll be collecting for the MS Society during their annual MS Awareness Week. If you'd like to support their work in research & assistance for those affected by MS, please donate to one of the street collectors or online.

On Sun 15th Sep, I will participate in the Hutt Half Marathon. I’m using the opportunity to fundraise for the Sir John Kirwan Foundation to support the important mahi we’re doing for our teachers & students in NZ schools through Mitey. I may not be the fastest walker, but finishing 21km will be a great achievement & a fabulous way to mark seven wobbly years (mostly) upright!

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Making Progress!  15 July 2024

Great jaunt this morning, hitting 1/2 (10.5km) of a 1/2 marathon (21km) in 1: 58 and going on to finish 11.17km this morning. Just scraping in for my self-imposed 4 hour target! 🚶‍♀️

Have succumbed to being a sock wearer for exercise after a lifetime of rejecting the idea and it makes for an easier walk and way less blisters. Who would've thought! Lol. 🧦

A couple of weeks ago I had an ultrasound following a left ankle break, left toe break and a right foot break last year (did I mention I'm a klutz?) and found I am still healing damaged ligaments & tendons so experimenting with strapping too and having regular physio. Walking is good for it! 🩼

I have heard that there was 130km winds last year on the day of the event! Crikey. Will have to do some practice walks in all weather I guess. For now a frosty morning is good enough. 62 days to go. ❄️

Thank you to several friends and family who have made donations via the Givealittle page. All proceeds go to Mitey - Sir John Kirwan Foundation, who provide free mental health education for children in years 1-8 across New Zealand schools. Every dollar counts ... every step counts! 🫶

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Michelle 4 days ago
Great stuff Alina!👍🏃‍♀️
Alina Pescini

Thanks Michelle! All the best for your incredible event coming up too! <3

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Jacqui 4 days ago
Alina, you really do have a heart of gold, and such courage! Go you!! xox
Alina Pescini

Bless your cotton socks! Thanks you Mrs Graham x <3

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Belinda 6 days ago
Inspirational in so many ways, Alina! Go well
Alina Pescini

Thanks so much BB!

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Sarah on 11 Jul 2024
Amazing work Alina! We are behind you all the way.
Alina Pescini

Thank you Sarah! Your support is greatly appreciated.

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Linda on 10 Jul 2024
Alina Pescini

Thank you so much! :)

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