Koru Care’s new am­bas­sador

Selwyn and Ashburton Outlook - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - MONIQUE STEELE

Burn­ham woman Am­ber Arkell, 26, has found her voice in help­ing to bring aware­ness to breast can­cer for young women, and now she is the new­est am­bas­sador for Christchurch char­ity Koru Care.

Arkell was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer in De­cem­ber 2015. She started her blog, When Things Went Tits Up, to help ed­u­cate young women about her jour­ney.

Sev­eral weeks ago she agreed to be­come a vol­un­teer am­bas­sador for Christchurch char­ity Koru Care.

Koru Care is a char­i­ta­ble trust which pro­vides spe­cial ex­pe­ri­ences for New Zealand chil­dren with se­ri­ous and on­go­ing med­i­cal con­di­tions.

Arkell said she hoped her pos­i­tive, hon­est out­look through­out her can­cer jour­ney would in­spire some of the chil­dren she would be work­ing with.

‘‘It was such a priv­i­lege to be asked to be their am­bas­sador. What a neat way to be part of some­thing big­ger than my­self.

‘‘My own can­cer jour­ney has been hard... I can’t imag­ine be­ing 8 or 15 and go­ing through all these hos­pi­tal vis­its and treat­ments when they should be fo­cus­ing on be­ing a kid,’’ she said.

Koru Care Christchurch pres­i­dent Chris Ge­orge said Arkell would be a role model for the chil­dren. ‘‘We just feel she will be great with the kids... She’d be such an in­spi­ra­tion to them.

‘‘We thought she’d be fan­tas­tic for us,’’ Ge­orge said.

Arkell said she was re­ally ex­cited to be­gin her work with Koru Care, es­pe­cially with their up­com­ing fundraiser event for the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual trip to Cal­i­for­nia.

The Koru Care Christchurch Cantabri­ans Ball will be held next month to raise money to take 24 chil­dren with dif­fer­ent med­i­cal con­di­tions to Cal­i­for­nia for 15 days in Oc­to­ber. This trip to the United States has been run­ning for more than 30 years.

‘‘It’s the trip of a life­time for these young peo­ple, es­pe­cially with all the dif­fer­ent med­i­cal is­sues and dis­ad­van­tages they face... It’s great to see the trip through their eyes,’’ Ge­orge said.

The event will be held at Whare­ora House on Au­gust 13. There will be live music, a dance floor, an auc­tion and en­ter­tain­ment, with all pro­ceeds go­ing to­wards the trip.

Head to the Koru Care Christchurch Char­i­ta­ble Trust Face­book Page for more in­for­ma­tion on tick­ets.

MONIQUE STEELE/FAIR­FAX NZ

Am­ber Arkell, 26, at her breast can­cer fundraiser at Robert Har­ris Rolle­ston back in May.

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