Speak­ers strike a chord

Taupo Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ROBERT STEVEN

Spaghetti on toast (or pizza) wasn’t on the menu, but that didn’t put Prime Min­is­ter Bill English off at­tend­ing a lo­cal gym’s fundrais­ing event.

Con­tours Taupo hosted 80 peo­ple for a catered Pink Break­fast fundraiser last month.

The event raised $4234 for the NZ Breast Can­cer Foun­da­tion – the third largest amount by any or­gan­i­sa­tion in the coun­try.

The ar­rival of Prime Min­is­ter Bill English at the event had to be kept se­cret, Con­tour’s Jude Pat­tie-Nel­son said.

‘‘No-one had any idea he and his wife were com­ing, so it was a re­ally nice sur­prise.

‘‘He spoke about breast can­cer and how that had af­fected some­one close to him,’’ she said.

‘‘We had guest speak­ers who had been through breast can­cer as well as some who weren’t go­ing to sur­vive it. That re­ally hit a chord with our au­di­ence.’’

Lo­cal band 40 Watt played at the break­fast and a troupe from Taupo Acad­emy of Dance per­formed.

Na­tion­wide, Ray White Golden Bay and Ratanui Lodge from Takaka raised the great­est amount of any or­gan­i­sa­tion ($12,343).

Over­all, $781,113 was raised from the an­nual ap­peal.

* Visit pinkrib­bon­break­fast.co.nz/ page/con­tourstau­poshost­page to back Con­tour’s Taupo’s ef­fort.

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