Ev­ery­one is in the pink

Arts group gets cre­ative

Rotorua Weekender - - Front Page - Shauni James

Be­ing one of the waves in a sea of pink is just one part of the fun-filled evening be­ing held to raise money for a lo­cal cause.

Now in its 11th year, the Ro­torua Breast Can­cer Trust Pink Walk is unique in that all pro­ceeds raised are used to sup­port lo­cal peo­ple and their fam­i­lies.

With fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance from do­na­tions, grants and the Pink Walk, the trust sup­ports those af­fected by breast can­cer in the Ro­torua area. This year’s walk is on Wed­nes­day, 4.30pm to 7.30pm, at the Vil­lage Green, Me­mo­rial Drive.

Arts Vil­lage man­ager Mary-beth Acres says the vil­lage has taken part in the walk ev­ery year since 2014.

“I first got our team to do it to­gether as a team-build­ing ac­tiv­ity and there were five of us, but now we have about 20 peo­ple in­clud­ing a cou­ple of vil­lage bubs.”

The vil­lage picks a theme for their pink cos­tumes each year. Pre­vi­ous themes have been a pink grape bunch, pink Lego peo­ple, pink Emo­jis and ‘Where the Pink Things Are’.

“This year we are go­ing a lit­tle bit aquatic, but I won’t say too much as we don’t want to give the game away.”

Mary-beth says ev­ery year they plan some­thing elab­o­rate well out from the event, but ev­ery year they are rush­ing around at the last minute to pull it to­gether.

“We are an arty bunch, so we try to al­ways make the cos­tume our­selves rather than pur­chas­ing it as it is a good chal­lenge — like last year’s papier mache masks. We en­joy spend­ing time to­gether, do­ing cre­ative prob­lem-solv­ing and learn­ing new things about our team.”

She says this walk is a great com­mu­nity event, and a chance to get out and about.

“It is also a re­ally spe­cial cause that is near and dear to a lot of us with so many women af­fected by breast can­cer — we all know some­one.

“The Ro­torua Breast Can­cer Trust is amaz­ing and does so much for women in our com­mu­nity, it is also great to sup­port their im­por­tant mahi [work].”

In a pre­vi­ous Ro­torua Daily Post story, Ro­torua Breast Can­cer Trust chair­woman Sarah Davies says all the trustees are look­ing for­ward to see­ing the eye-catch­ing cos­tumes of the walk­ers.

The trustees like to re­ward the dress-up ef­forts of walk­ers with prizes sourced from a large num­ber of Ro­torua busi­nesses.

“We have prizes for best-dressed fe­male, male, child and busi­ness team, as well as spot prizes that we give out at ran­dom dur­ing the evening. We’re all very grate­ful to our spon­sors for their do­na­tions.”

The trust also has the sup­port of ma­jor spon­sors.

On­line reg­is­tra­tion for the walk is at ro­toruabreast­cancertrust.co.nz/ pinkwalk/ or walk­ers can reg­is­ter at the Vil­lage Green from 4.30pm on the day.

Adult and teenage en­try is $10, and a koha is re­quested for chil­dren aged 12 and un­der.

Live en­ter­tain­ment, food ven­dors and ac­tiv­i­ties for the chil­dren will all be part of the buildup to the walk which sets off at 6pm.

Photo / File

The Arts Vil­lage group dressed up as pink Lego peo­ple for the Pink Walk in 2015.

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