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.
- Auckland Now