Ice cold for cancer aware­ness

South Waikato soaks up na­tional chal­lenge


A chill­ing chal­lenge has gone vi­ral on Face­book and the people of South Waikato are soak­ing it up.

Toko­roa’s Naima Placid was one of hun­dreds to par­tic­i­pate in the Cancer So­ci­ety’s lat­est cam­paign, the ‘‘ice chal­lenge’’, which has stormed the na­tion.

The chal­lenge is to place your feet in cold wa­ter while buck­ets of ice wa­ter are dumped over you.

And the idea is to com­plete the chal­lenge and do­nate $10 to a cancer char­ity while fail­ing to do so means donat­ing $100.

‘‘I just thought, do I have a spare $100?’’ Placid said.

While she was happy to do­nate to the Breast Cancer Preven­tion, she had her own rea­sons to com­plete the chal­lenge.

One be­ing ‘‘ Papa Glassie’’ who died from liver cancer a cou­ple of years ago.

‘‘He was like a men­tor to me ... when I was hav­ing trou­ble in my own home he would give me ad­vice,’’ she said.

Papa Glassie was not her real dad but had been a fa­ther fig­ure to her since she was 13 years old.

Placid had oth­ers on her mind dur­ing the chal­lenge in­clud­ing her young niece who is a cancer sur­vivor.

And dur­ing the chal­lenge she was equipped with a pink bra, face paint and a skirt to ac­knowl­edge those with breast cancer.

‘‘One of my first bosses was a sur­vivor of breast cancer and she was al­ways stun­ning and amaz­ing. She never talked about it and just car­ried on,’’ she said.

Placid hopes par­tic­i­pants will do­nate as well.

‘‘I think it will do won­ders if people do­nate the $10 or the $100.’’

From July 4 - 14 the Waikato Cancer So­ci­ety raised close to $56,000, ac­cord­ing to com­mu­ni­ca­tions co-or­di­na­tor Sarah Fitz­patrick.

‘‘It’s been mas­sive. There have been lots of people inquiring,’’ she said.

Fitz­patrick said it has smashed the aver­age of five do­na­tions a week.

It is ‘‘hum­bling’’ that people have cho­sen to do­nate to the Cancer So­ci­ety, she said.

The money goes to­wards Cancer So­ci­ety driven ini­tia­tives in­clud­ing sup­port­ing ser­vices, the Lions lodge and health pro­mo­tions. ‘‘The best thing about it is it stays in the re­gion you do­nate to.’’ Al­though she was all for the chal­lenge she said it should be done in a safe man­ner.

Hold­ing hope: Naima Placid is mak­ing her small con­tri­bu­tion by donat­ing to a cancer char­ity and com­plet­ing the ice chal­lenge.

Chal­lenge ac­cepted: It was a chill­ing task but Naima Placid took it on in good spir­its.

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