The Peek A Boobies team at Boot Camp for Breast Cancer are from left; Cath Anderson, Dana Slierendrecht, Jo Turner, Janet Growcott, Helene Boulton, Tia Raumati, David Havili, Kim Parkinson, Moira Raumati, Carol Hargadon, Michaela Matenga, Carmel Kremmer, Lee Wharehinga, Caroline Young-Husband and Carol Parkinson. Photo: Jessie Johnston.

Boot camp raises $15,000 for trust


Nelson College for Girls’ gymnasium was a sea of pink during last Sunday’s Boot Camp for Breast Cancer.

Over 100 pink-laden men and women turned out to dance, jump, run and three-legged walk around the girls college gym in a bid to raise money for breast cancer.

Several groups joined in the activities, including team Peek a Boobies, who say their motivation for supporting the day was down to their personal connection with breast cancer. “We have friends amongst us who have had breast cancer, plus we’ve done it before and it was fun, and it’s for a good cause so we decided to do it again. This time we’ve actually added a few extra people who haven’t done it before,” says Peek A Boobies leader, Carol Parkinson. “It’s really fun, the fact you’re doing something fun for a good cause, what more could you ask for, and plus there’s bubbles.”

Trainers from Wairua Body Coaching Systems were on hand; leading teams in a number of games, while participants themselves had fashioned costumes from any pink accessory available; there were bras, tutus, glitter wigs and angel wings.

Even Tasman Makos player David Havili took part, showing his support with a splash of pink, and helping Breffni O’Rourke judge the best dressed woman, man and team.

The efforts of this year’s Boot Camp for Breast Cancer managed to raise a total of $15,000.

Event sponsors donated $9000, while $4000 came from individual registrations and sponsorships, and the remainder from raffle tickets and refreshments.

“It’s been another great fundraising event for the trust, and we’re truly awed with the support we’ve had, and of course, we have to thank the community of participants there on the day for making it such a success.

“Everyone said they had a grand time,” says Kate Coote, founder of the Nelson Regional Breast and Gynaecological Trust.

All money raised at Boot Camp for Breast Cancer, for the Nelson Regional Breast and Gynaecological Cancer Trust, stays in the top of the South Island, says Kate, one reason the event is so popular.