Beauty event gleans funds for breast cancer research

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Money raised to support people with breast cancer by Aoraki Polytechnic students, as well as a former student, will make a big difference, breast cancer area coordinator Rayna Hamilton says.

Aoraki staff from Oamaru’s campus yesterday presented Mrs Hamilton with the spoils of a beauty therapy fundraiser they ran late last year – grocery vouchers worth $440 and a cash donation of $440 to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation also received a donation of $1115 from former student Kelly Harvey, who shaved her head to raise money for the Breast Cancer Foundation.

Mrs Hamilton said the donations would be useful for helping the families in the area affected by breast cancer.

Some of the money would go to support people who had to travel out of town to Dunedin to undergo chemotherapy, she said.

Aoraki Polytechnic beauty therapy tutor Jennie Jenkinson said students had loved the fundraiser.

They made cupcakes with pink icing and showed off the skills they had been learning, she said.

“We did facials and manicures for clients and they were totally choc-a-block booked.”

People left satisfied as well, she said.

“It was fantastic . . . they were amazing.

“I was very proud.”

Ms Harvey said she was “pretty proud” to be able to help support people with breast cancer.

Breast cancer had an impact on her life, as well as the lives of many other people, and people affected were going through a difficult period and needed support.

“It’s such a good feeling to do something for those people,” she said.

By DAVID DE LOREAN