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Te Anau's annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast on
Sunday was another outstanding success.
A capacity crowd of 120 filled the Te
Anau Club function room, raising around
$2649.70 for the New Zealand Breast
Cancer Foundation. In addition around
$1400 was raised in return for organiser
Carmel McDowall having her head shaved
-- the honour of which was given to her
daughter Tara. This money will be split
between the Breast Cancer Foundation and
Mrs McDowall said she didn't mind her new
look, although it did feel strange.
"It feels like velcro -- I reckon I might stick to
something," she said.
Guest speakers were Te Anau couple John
and Caroline Carter who each shared
their personal experience of dealing with
Mrs Carter's breast cancer diagnosis and
the journey that has followed. The other
speaker was Sarah Clifford, of Ashburton,
who, despite having terminal melanoma,
has worked tirelessly to establish a national
charity called CanBead which supplies
jewellery making kits to women going
through cancer treatment.
Mrs Clifford said a friend had given her a kit
as a distraction when she was undergoing
She found it therapeutic
and made one necklace
for every treatment -- 28
in all, which were later
auctioned in the first
fundraiser for CanBead.
"The whole thing's just
been a whirlwind since
then," she said.
After being interviewed
by National Radio's
Jim Mora and later
nominated as a TV1
"Good Sort" jewellery
makers the length of
the country had
contacted her offering
their help. Donations
of new and second-
hand beads had been
She hoped to extend
the idea in future to
make fishing fly and
tackle kits for men
as the techniques and
tools were similar.
More information on Canbead can be found
Meanwhile, anyone wanting to make
a further donation to Mrs McDowall's
fundraising pool can do so online at
Breakfast bash razes thousands
Te Anau's annual Pink Ribbon Breakfast organiser Carmel McDowall
has her head shaved by daughter Tara -- part of the fundraising efforts
at Sunday morning's event at the Te Anau Club.
Venture Southland has just released a draft
version of the region's updated energy
strategy on www.southlandnz.com/energy,
and is seeking comments from the public.
In 2003 Venture Southland led the rest of
the country by releasing the first regional
energy strategy, based on an assessment
of local resources. However, Venture
Southland Enterprise and Strategic Projects
Group Manager Steve Canny said the world
had changed significantly since 2003.
"Many of the challenges and opportunities
have been advanced, such as grid
upgrades, wind farm developments, the
Warm Homes Project and so on. The new
Southland Energy Strategy is aimed at
identifying the emerging energy reality of
increased energy costs and the effects of
diminishing fuel supplies and focuses on
the need to take local action," he said.
The project has been funded with support
from the Energy Efficiency Conservation
Authority and Environment Southland. The
development of the strategy was informed
by a public workshop held last year as well
as industry and community based ideas.
"The views of stakeholders have guided the
direction of this strategy," Mr Canny said.
"The draft strategy is now available and
interested parties have an opportunity to
have their say."
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