Bubbly bandanna to raise funds
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.