Bub­bly ban­danna to raise funds

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By ES­THER LAUAKI

Judge­ford can­cer sur­vivor Sa­muel Gwynn says he was ‘‘just draw­ing cir­cles’’ when the idea for a bright green ban­danna cropped up.

The ar­chi­tec­ture grad­u­ate’s de­sign, called Bub­bles, has been se­lected for the Can­Teen Ban­danna Chal­lenge. The funky head scarves go on sale this Satur­day.

‘‘When you throw some­thing in, and dis­turb wa­ter, bub­bles rise to the sur­face or emerge from the wa­ter.

‘‘ It’s sim­i­lar to how kids from Can­Teen’s lives are dis­turbed by their ill­ness but, through the sup­port of friends, fam­ily and Can­Teen, they can rise up . . . but, aside from that, bub­bles are fun too,’’ he says.

Mr Gwynn, 24, says his ‘‘whole life has been based around can­cer’’ since he was di­ag­nosed with a brain tu­mour at four years of age. Just be­fore his 21st birth­day he was dis­charged as an out­pa­tient and says his health is fine now.

The ban­danna chal­lenge is an an­nual na­tion­wide com­pe­ti­tion to see which school or or­gan­i­sa­tion can raise the most money for Can­teen.

Mr Gwynn’s de­sign was among 10 se­lected.

Other am­bas­sadors with fresh ban­danna de­signs for the chal­lenge in­clude All Black Dan Carter, ul­tra­ma­rathon run­ner Lisa Ta­mati, Sil­ver Fern Maria Tu­taia, Indy car driver Scott Dixon, Taranaki surfer Paige Hareb and Fed­er­a­tion Cloth­ing.

The ban­danna is a sym­bol for Can­Teen, rep­re­sent­ing hope, courage and sur­vival for an es­ti­mated 10-12,000 young peo­ple liv­ing with can­cer in New Zealand.

The de­signs can be pur­chased for $4 from Oc­to­ber 16 to 31 at Pak ’n Save, New World, Four Square, Farm­ers, BP, Repco, Burger King, Ra­dius Phar­macy, ASB Bank, par­tic­i­pat­ing schools and on­line at can­teen.org.nz.

Mean green: Judge­ford ar­chi­tect Sa­muel Gwynn, 24, de­signed a bub­ble pat­tern for a new ban­danna, to be sold in par­tic­i­pat­ing stores this week, to raise money for Can­Teen.

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