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Shortland Street’s Faye Smythe (Tania Jeffries) is getting involved this November, taking part in ‘Walk on the Wild Side’, an exciting new Cure Kids fundraiser.

The 17km walk, which is designed to be a fun yet challenging experience, will be held on Sunday 14 November, on Auckland’s rugged West Coast.

Cure Kids (previously Child Health Research Foundation) was established over 30 years ago to address the lack of research into life-threatening childhood illnesses in New Zealand. Since then, they have invested over $25 million in medical research, which has helped to save hundreds of young lives and has improved the quality of life for thousands of children.

“I jumped at the chance to be able to support this amazing cause,” says Smythe. “Cure Kids have made a difference to many, many lives, so it’s great to be able to help support that.”

Traversing along Bethells Beach’s stunning coastline, the walk aims to test participants mind, body and determination, while exploring the beautiful Waitakere ranges. The event will allow participants to trek along parts of the ranges that have never previously been open to the public.

“I’m really looking forward to the walk,” says Smythe. “The Waitakere’s are such a gorgeous, untouched part of New Zealand, and this walk offers a neat opportunity to really explore them.”

Meanwhile, on Shortland Street this week, Smythe’s character, Tania Jeffries, is introduced to the charming Rafe Durville (Simon London). Though Tania is initially frustrated by Rafe’s obvious attempts to woo her, his persistence may just pay off.

“Rafe somehow manages to both charm and frustrate Tania at the same time,” says Smythe. “It’s been a very fun storyline to film actually. We had plenty of laughs while filming it, so hopefully viewers will too.”

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