Pretty in pink to fight breast cancer


For the past 14 years, the mem­ory of her great-grand­mother has driven Becky Scott to vol­un­teer for the Breast Cancer Foun­da­tion New Zealand (BCFNZ).

On Fri­day, the BCFNZ Ti­maru area co­or­di­na­tor was giv­ing up her time again, tak­ing to the streets to col­lect money dur­ing the foun­da­tion’s an­nual Pink Rib­bon Ap­peal.

Scott said her great­grand­mother Jessie Kearns passed away from breast cancer when she was in her early 50s.

Although she never got the chance to meet her, it was through sto­ries from her grand­mother that the pas­sion to vol­un­teer for the cause was ig­nited.

‘‘Hear­ing sto­ries from my grand­mother about her mother dy­ing was pretty aw­ful.’’

Scott said the sto­ries of her great-grand­mother ‘‘tugged on the old heart strings’’.

This mo­ti­vated her to vol­un­teer.

‘‘It is one in nine peo­ple in New Zealand [di­ag­nosed in their life­time], and if it’s one in nine in New Zealand women then that’s at least one in nine men who are af­fected by this, by their part­ners, sis­ter or mother [hav­ing breast cancer].

‘‘It’s al­ways nice when you see a lit­tle old gen­tle­man stop and slip a $20 bill in the bucket, you know they have been through it.’’

Last year $4000 was raised in Ti­maru, which went into the na­tional pool for re­search and treat­ment for pa­tients.

Scott was hope­ful the com­mu­nity would pull to­gether to raise more that $5000 this year.

South Can­ter­bury busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions also threw their sup­port be­hind the cause on Fri­day.

The Ti­maru District Coun­cil, BNZ, Tim­pany Wal­ton Lawyers, Hil­ton Haulage Trans­port, RSM Law, and Quan­tum Ad­van­tage Char­tered Ac­coun­tants had shown their sup­port for the ap­peal by hav­ing a pink mufti day on Fri­day, Scott said.

As well as Fri­day’s col­lec­tions, vol­un­teers in South Can­ter­bury will be out and about on Satur­day.

Build­ing fire

A com­mer­cial build­ing suf­fered ‘‘con­sid­er­able dam­age’’ in a fire in Fair­lie early on Fri­day morn­ing. Fair­lie chief fire of­fi­cer Phil McKay said two of the town’s fire crews were called to the blaze at Macken­zie Laun­dries Ltd, on Princes St, just be­fore 1.30am. A crew from Pleas­ant Point and an­other from Geral­dine were also called to as­sist, he said. ‘‘Con­sid­er­able dam­age was sus­tained to the build­ing, it was well in­volved.’’ McKay con­firmed there had been no one in­side the build­ing at the time of the fire. Fire safety in­ves­ti­ga­tion of­fi­cer Craig Cham­bers was at the site of the fire on Fri­day morn­ing along with the busi­ness own­ers. Cham­bers said the cause of the fire was not thought to be sus­pi­cious. He was still work­ing out an ex­act cause of the fire.

Live stream­ing

The Ti­maru District Coun­cil is happy with how its first foray into live stream­ing went, with play­wright Glenys Whit­ting­ton’s play In Flan­ders Fields Pass­chen­daele: Swear You’ll Never For­get streamed on Face­book Live on Thurs­day night. It at­tracted about 150 view­ers. Coun­cil com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager Stephen Do­ran said not ev­ery­one would have watched it in its en­tirety, and peo­ple ‘‘popped in and popped out’’. The play was posted on the South Can­ter­bury Mu­seum and coun­cil Face­book pages af­ter­wards, and had been viewed about 270 times by Fri­day. Mu­seum di­rec­tor Philip Howe said on the mu­seum’s end ev­ery­thing seemed to func­tion as it should have. How­ever not ev­ery­one was able to watch it, and he won­dered whether there were is­sues watch­ing it on dif­fer­ent de­vices.

Po­lice note­book

In­ci­dents re­ported to po­lice in­clude:

A 28-year-old Ti­maru wo­man and a Ti­maru man were ar­rested on war­rants and vi­o­lence charges fol­low­ing a car crash in Winch­ester on Thurs­day. A car crashed into a bank on State High­way 1, and when mem­bers of the pub­lic came to as­sist they were as­saulted. A po­lice con­sta­ble was also as­saulted at the scene. The man and wo­man were charged with com­mon as­sault, as­sault with in­tent to in­jure and as­sault­ing po­lice.


Ti­maru District Coun­cil staff had a pink mufti day on Fri­day in sup­port of the na­tion­wide Pink Rib­bon Ap­peal.

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