Breast cancer survivors dream of Florida

SIMON EDWARDS
Last updated 10:12 20/11/2012
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SIMON EDWARDS
Fashion forward: Breast cancer survivor dragonboaters Marlene Solomon, left, and Carole Rudman model examples of the fashion wear a pop-up shop will be selling to help get 24 paddlers from this district to an international competition in the United States.

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A pop-up op shop in Petone selling second-hand donated fashion items is to help a special team of dragonboating competitors.

The 22 paddlers, drummer and sweep in Wellington's CanSurvive crew are all breast cancer survivors.

They've had success not just against the six or seven other breast cancer dragonboating crews around New Zealand but also in open competition.

Marlene Solomon and Carole Rudman are among a number of CanSurvive paddlers from the Hutt Valley and coach Dave Elliott is from Wainuiomata.

They say bigger things are on the horizon. As well as heading into the 2013 season with plans to compete in Wellington andAuckland and qualify for the nationals in Rotorua, in 2014 they want to attend an international CanSurvive dragonboating competition in Florida.

They have to raise at least $4500 each.

Marlene and Carole say people have been generous donating clothing, shoes and jewellery for the pop-up shop at 238 Jackson St, Petone, that will open from Thursday, November 29 until close of business the following Monday.

"A lot of people have had a big clean-out of their wardrobe because they know it's going to a good cause," Carole says.

As well as the shop, a fashion show is planned for November 29. Tickets $10, email iona. elwoodsmith@gmail.com.

Donations for the shop can be delivered to 238 Jackson St on November 28.

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