NZBCF calendar launch

00:28, Oct 23 2012
NZBCF calendar launch
Pat and calendar model Sonja Mravicich.
NZBCF calendar launch
Helena McAlpine.
NZBCF calendar launch
Body artist Andrea Hows and Chef Anne Thorp.
NZBCF calendar launch
Mother and daughter models Jean Hedges and Cushla Williams.
NZBCF calendar launch
Body artist Sofia Blue Pederson with her calendar model Jools Topp.
NZBCF calendar launch
Calendar creator Liz Oliver and NZBCF patron Rose Horton.
NZBCF calendar launch
Singer Hinewehi Mohi and Evangeline Henderson.

About 200 guests turned out to support the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation last Thursday at the launch of its 2013 Pink Ribbon Calendar.

This year's calendar features women who have faced a diagnosis of breast cancer, including Jools Topp, Helena McAlpine and designer Liz Mitchell.

Topp, MC for the night, shared with the audience her personal experiences with the disease, while the vivacious McAlpine spoke of what it was like being body painted by Weta Workshop's Richard Taylor and calendar creator Liz Oliver, as well as her reaction to seeing her "seriously naked" portrait on a 7m x 4m billboard on the side of Victoria Park Market.

McAlpine, who has secondary breast cancer, has been the public face of the NZBCF awareness campaign this month and she ended with a more serious note urging all women "no matter how old" to do regular breast checks.

Singer Hinewehi Mohi brought the house down at the end of the night with a spine-tingling rendition of her song Kotahitanga.

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