Bust­ing to cast breast at­ten­tion across the land

South Waikato News - - RURAL DELIVERY -

MP for Taupo Louise Up­ston got plas­tered for Breast Can­cer Ac­tion Month.

Mrs Up­ston was tak­ing part in a cam­paign started by Ru­ral Women New Zealand to main­tain aware­ness among women of the im­por­tance of stay­ing in touch with their breast health.

‘‘I was de­lighted to sup­port the Let’s Get Plas­tered for Breast Can­cer event at Par­lia­ment by mak­ing a plas­ter cast of my bust,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s a fun way to high­light the need for women to monitor their breast health.’’

Mrs Up­ston has been in­volved with the Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion through or­gan­is­ing col­lec­tions and fundrais­ing events over sev­eral years.

She was a col­lec­tor in Ti­rau and Pu­taruru on Pink Rib­bon Day ear­lier this month.

‘‘ I strongly be­lieve in the Breast Can­cer cause and take pride in col­lect­ing for them,’’ she said.

The plas­tered cam­paign has proven pop­u­lar with woman around New Zealand, par­tic­u­larly mem­bers of young farm­ers groups.

‘‘We had great fun mak­ing our casts and it cer­tainly broke down bar­ri­ers as well as re­in­forc­ing the se­ri­ous mes­sage be­hind this cam­paign,’’ Welling­ton Young Farm­ers’ chair­woman Erica van Ree­nen said.

The women dis­played their dec­o­rated breast sculp­tures at the Welling­ton Young Farm­ers’ Ball on Oc­to­ber 16 where they wre auc­tioned to fur­ther raise funds.

Ru­ral Women New Zealand na­tional pres­i­dent Liz Evans said women who take part in the plas­ter cast event are en­cour­aged to turn their fin­ished prod­ucts into a work of art.

‘‘By cre­at­ing per­sonal plas­ter casts for art ex­hi­bi­tions around the coun­try we hope women will be en­cour­aged to take a hands-on ap­proach to mon­i­tor­ing their breasts,’’ Ms Evan said.

‘‘Breast screen­ing is still the best tool for di­ag­no­sis but for those out­side of the 45 to 69-year age-range cov­ered by the na­tional breast screen­ing pro­gramme, self-aware­ness is very im­por­tant.’’

Pro­ceeds from the plas­ter­ing kits will go to the New Zealand Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion and can be pur­chased for $10 from Ru­ral Women New Zealand.

PLAS­TERED: Welling­ton Young Farm­ers’ mem­bers were among many ru­ral women who took part in a breast can­cer aware­ness cam­paign this month.

Louise Up­ston

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