10k runners show support for cystic fibrosis campaign

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RUNNERS and spectators took on the ‘strawfie’ challenge to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis.

The D-Day 10K at Cosham showed support for Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Week by welcoming a team from the Breathe With Me Strawfie Challenge to the event at Lakeside North Harbour.

The campaign asks people to try breathing through a straw for 60 seconds while pinching their nose.

This action allows people to experience, for a short time, the struggle to breathe that people living with cystic fibrosis cope with on a daily basis.

Gemma Daysh, mum of 19-month-old Ivy Weir, who has the disease, said: ‘We want to thank the organisers and we would love to get other running events and running groups to take part in the Strawfie Challenge.’

Gemma, of Farlington, attended the D-Day event with Ivy and family members.

She said: ‘Once people have experienced that restrictive sensation, we ask them to take a straw breathing selfie – a strawfie”, and post it on their Facebook page or Twitter and nominate friends to take part.

‘They can also make a donation by texting BWCF64 £3.00 (or other amount) to 70070.’

Participants can also post their strawfies on the Strawfie Challenge Facebook page at facebook.com/pages/Breathe-With-Me-Strawfie-Challenge/1518322021726017