Speakers strike a chord
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.