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FACE ART: Neel and Kate get ready to walk.

PROSTABLOG NZ: Dozens turned out to a perfect Wellington dawn today to walk in remembrance of those who have died from prostate cancer.

They took part in the Capital city’s Blue September Dawn Walk, one of three around the country organised by the Prostate Cancer Foundation of NZ to boost prostate cancer awareness.

SEE slide show of pictures HERE>

The walkers started from a stand outside Freyberg Pool on Oriental Parade and trekked around one of the scenic paths on the city side of Mt Victoria, a leisurely hour-long trek.

They included young people who had lost relatives to the disease, and several men who have undergone treatment, one as recently as six weeks ago.

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BLUE SURGEON: Urologist Rodney Studd gets a blue koru from Geoff Burton.

For two of the walkers (including this writer), it was a chance to compare notes about recent surgery.

Then, by coincidence, the surgeon who did both operations earlier this year, Rodney Studd, happened along on a walk with his children.

Like most of the participants, Rod had his face adorned with a couple of blue koru by walk organiser Geoff Burton, of MWC Media.

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FREE COFFEE: Lene Sipili serves up drinks.

The bravest man of the day was John Russell.

He was walking into the nearby pool in just his togs when he agreed to endure the early morning chill to have his body and face decorated.

One of the most popular men was Lene Sipili, manager of the Parade Cafe, over the street from the Freyberg Pool.

He and his staff served free coffees for all those who took part in the morning event.

For Paula and her dog Annie, attending the walk was something of an accident – she thought it was a rally for Corgis.

Geoff Burton made sure the friendly Corgi got into the spirit of the morning – with a blue stripe on her head, just out of reach of her tongue.

Walks were also staged in Auckland, starting from Totara Park in Manurewa, and in Napier, where the dawn was delayed to a more leisurely 10am.

For more video of today’s Wellington walk, CLICK HERE>

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DAWN DAWNS: Setting up for the walk.

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DAWN WALKING: The Wellington strollers set off along Oriental Parade.

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PROSTATE DOGS - no, actually, they're all females.

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PROSTABLOG NZ: MP Paul Hutchison – chair of the upcoming Parliamentary inquiry into prostate cancer – is making no secret of where his sympathies lie when it comes to increasing awareness of the disease.

He will be one of the Blue September prostate cancer “dawn walkers” in Manukau City this weekend.

His allegiance to the cause of reducing confusion about prostate cancer and advice given to men was strongly established earlier this month when he published an opinion piece in the Capital city’s morning newspaper, the Dominion Post.

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KEVIN HAGUE

In that, he called the present situation “untenable”.

His stance contrasts strongly with at least one other member of the Health Select Committee, Green list MP Kevin Hague, who called it a waste of time as soon as it was announced in June.

Dr Hutchison’s tramp through early morning Auckland will be on one of three dawn walks for Blue September that kick off at 7am this Sunday – in Wellington, Napier and Manukau City.

The Wellington one starts at the Freyberg Pool in Oriental Parade, the Napier jaunt from the Soundshell in Marine Parade, and the Auckland one goes from Totara Park in Manurewa.

Particpants are encouraged to turn up in blue clothing and wearing blue face paint, like that worn by the campaign’s celebrity figureheads, Buck Shelford, Paul Holmes, and TVNZ reporter John Sellwood.

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WELLERS DAWN WALK: Around Mt Vic - 7am Sunday - start at Freyberg Pool.

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