Rais­ing funds for can­cer suf­fer­ers

Taupo & Turangi Weekender - - News -

A goal was smashed last week­end, as lo­cals and sup­port­ers raised more than $13,000 for peo­ple liv­ing with can­cer through the Pinc & Steel Can­cer Re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gramme.

De­vel­oped by phys­io­ther­a­pists, Pinc & Steel sup­ports peo­ple af­fected by any type of can­cer through treat­ment and re­cov­ery.

In Taupo¯ it is led by phys­io­ther­a­pists and Pi­lates teach­ers Tam Holden, Jonty Gar­lick and Gemma Kearins of Pi­lates Body Dy­nam­ics. The Move Over Can­cer Taupo¯ fundraiser was spear­headed by Tam and Di Gul­land of Taupo’s Sk­in­mat­ters.

The last event in 2016 raised $8000. Last week­end more than $13,000 was do­nated and funds con­tinue on the Ev­ery­day Hero fundrais­ing page which is open for an­other week.

It be­gan on Fri­day with a two-hour Pi­lates class. Each par­tic­i­pant got friends and fam­ily to spon­sor them. On Satur­day, an­other bunch took to the choppy wa­ters of Lake Taupo¯ for a stand-up pad­dle board ses­sion.

The pub­lic were in­vited to a Well­ness Evening on Fri­day fea­tur­ing guest speak­ers, in­clud­ing Pinc and Steel lo­cal re­cip­i­ents Brad Rock and In­grid Farmer who shared their own sto­ries. Speak­ers from Taupo¯ Dis­trict Coun­cil, Green­ing Taupo¯, DOC and Steph Hol­loway of El­e­men­tal Po­ten­tial rounded off the evening fo­cused on health, well­ness and im­prov­ing per­sonal and en­vi­ron­men­tal well­be­ing.

Hun­dreds of dol­lars of do­nated prizes were raf­fled to add to the to­tal. The money will stay lo­cal, ben­e­fit­ing the Taupo¯ re­gion.

Tam says re­cently lo­cal fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions to Pinc and Steel have had to go on a wait list.

“The re­sult of last week­end now guar­an­tees that for as long as the $13,000 lasts, Taupo¯ lo­cals can ap­ply to the pro­gramme and get a re­ply of yes and that is pure gold,” says Tam.

The team of­fers in­di­vid­ual phys­io­ther­apy ses­sions fo­cus­ing on de­bil­i­tat­ing side ef­fects, ei­ther from the dis­ease or med­i­cal treat­ments. Their ap­proach is well­ness-based, to im­prove qual­ity of life, health and well­be­ing for can­cer sur­vivors.

Tam says she, Di and Jonty are thank­ful to ev­ery­one who do­nated cash, time, ex­per­tise, food, sup­plies, dec­o­ra­tions and raf­fles.

“There has been a huge num­ber of peo­ple show­ing small acts of kind­ness that make an enor­mous dif­fer­ence. Do­nate at moveover­cancer­taupo.ev­ery­day­hero.com/nz/moveover-can­cer-taupo-2018

Photo / Sup­plied

Tam Holden and Jonty Gar­lick (cen­tre) with stand-up pad­dle board par­tic­i­pants in the Move Over Can­cer event last week­end, which raised more than $13,000 for post­cancer re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion.

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