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WERO quit smoking challange on again


The WERO Team Quit Smoking Challenge is on again with another opportunity for smokers to quit, and also to win prize money for charity or a community organisation.

“The next competition starts again on March 1 but teams need to be getting together now, registering, and preparing for making a good start when the competition kicks off,” said Warren Moetara from Northland DHB.

The WERO competition sees teams of 10 smokers competing over a 3 month period, and the team with the most smokers quit at the end of the competition wins $5000.

Teams can also win prizes for leading at the 4 week and 8 week marks, for most participation on the WERO website, and there is also a unique prize for pregnant mothers competing. All major prize money must go to a charity or community group.

“A team from Ahikiwi Marae in Kaihu, north of Dargaville, won the last competition for this region which ended in November, and their marae benefited from the prize winnings,” Moetara said. “Previous competitions have seen teams competing on behalf of schools, sports clubs, and charity groups and that has added an extra incentive for the teams, knowing that their personal efforts to quit could see their charity or group benefit.”

Mister Moetara says the greatest incentive is to reap the health, financial, and whanau rewards of going smoke-free and WERO allows people to take on that challenge with others, to support each other, and to have some fun competing against other teams doing the same thing.

“A lot of smokers go it alone when quitting and find it hard, so trying the team approach may by just the thing for them,” he said.

For more information about WERO and how to enter a team for the March competition, go to the WERO website, www.wero.me, or phone Warren Moetara 021 446 017.

SMOKE FREE: Team members and whanau from the winning Ahikiwi Marae team, celebrate receiving their WERO prize.

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