Port Stephens pair pledged to run 100km in October for Kidney Health Australia's Red Socks Walk/Run

IN THE FIGHT: Sam Schmarr from Salamander Bay and Brooke Vitnell from Medowie will run 100km during October as part of Kidney Health Australia's Red Socks Walk/Run.
IN THE FIGHT: Sam Schmarr from Salamander Bay and Brooke Vitnell from Medowie will run 100km during October as part of Kidney Health Australia's Red Socks Walk/Run.

Two Port Stephens businesses are committed to raising awareness and funds for Kidney Health Australia by pounding the pavement this October.

Medowie resident Brooke Vitnell from David Vitnell Solicitors and Salamander Bay's Sam Schmarr from Schmarr Financial Group have each pledged to run 100 kilometres during October as part of Kidney Health Australia's Red Socks Walk/Run.

The initiative challenges Australians to walk or run throughout the month to help the fight against kidney disease.

All funds raised by participants goes to Kidney Health Australia so they can continue their vital work to support families living with kidney disease.

"Unfortunately, many in our community suffer from chronic kidney disease and the numbers are growing nationwide. The need for increased awareness of the signs and symptoms of this insidious disease, particularly in the early stages, is vital," Ms Vitnell said.

"Increasing awareness and early detection of kidney disease will help achieve a better quality of life for patients and their families as you can lose up to 90 per cent of kidney function before having any symptoms."

Mr Schmarr added: "Our businesses have decided to match dollar for dollar all funds raised for this worthy cause, however trying to bring awareness to the disease and how it affects people is our primary cause."

To support the pair in their Red Socks Walk/Run campaign go to redsocksappeal.org.au/fundraisers/samschmarr or redsocksappeal.org.au/fundraisers/BrookeVitnell100.

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