Busting to cast breast attention across the land
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.