Trainer Greg Witika will lead the Boot Camp for Breast Cancer fundraiser at the Nelson College for Girls gym later this month. With him are trust members from left; Kim Proctor-Western, Kate Coote, Lloyd Harwood, Kim Miccio and Bridget Harwood. Photo: Andrew Board.

Breast cancer trust ready for boot camp


The trustees of the Nelson Regional Breast Cancer Trust are fit and raring to go for its bi-annual boot camp fundraiser.

Well, raring to go at least.

The boot camp is aimed for people of all ages and abilities and focuses on fun, more than fitness. It was held for the first time two years ago for the launch of the Nelson Regional Breast Cancer Trust. Around 400 people turned up that day and helped raised around $36,000 for the trust, which used the money to buy a portable ultrasound machine for local women.

The troops are preparing for another big day with this year’s boot camp to be held on Sunday, October 28 at the Nelson College for Girls gym.

Organiser Kate Coote says the event will be great fun and she is hoping for even more people than the inaugural event. “Everyone’s invited, it’s really good fun and it doesn’t matter if you’re by yourself or in a team, man or woman, super fit or not at all. We encourage everyone to get dressed up and have fun.”

Money raised from this year’s event will go towards a travel fund for local women to help get them back to Nelson from radiation treatment in Christchurch or Wellington if necessary. The trust also funds the Fit Flamingos initiative to help keep women who have had breast cancer fit and healthy.

Kate says the trust has some other ideas but can’t confirm them just yet. For more information about the fundraiser, or to register, visit