Boot camp proves top fundraiser

EMMA BEER
Last updated 13:00 29/10/2012
Makos player Tom Marshall
THE SPIRIT: Makos player Tom Marshall takes part in the boot camp for breast cancer which was held at Nelson College for Girls. Photo: VIRGINIA WOOLF/FAIRFAX NZ

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More than 100 people clad in pink took part in a boot camp for breast cancer.

The fundraiser for the Nelson Regional Breast Cancer Trust was held yesterday at Nelson College for Girls and raised more than $13,000.

Trust founder Kate Coote said they were thrilled with the turnout and everyone got into the spirit of the occasion.

"Even those people that I pressganged into coming, who really didn't want to but did because I said they had to come and support me, had an absolute ball."

Crusader and Tasman Makos rugby player Tom Marshall wasn't shy about supporting the cause.

Mrs Coote said: "Tom was fantastic, he really got into the spirit and dressed in pink..

"It's great to have support from local sports teams because health and fitness is a big part of recovery."

Feedback on the trust's Facebook page had been incredibly positive, Mrs Coote said, with people saying what fun they had.

The thing that really made the event so successful was trainer Greg Whitika, from Wairua Body Coaching, she said.

"He's so good at what he does, he works to people's level, and I don't think anyone will tell you it was hard, just a lot of fun."

Mrs Coote said during an impromptu meeting of the organisers after the event, they decided to make the boot camp an annual event, rather than biennial, as it is now.

"We're going to make it our annual fundraising event. So watch out for us in 2013."

Throughout October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, Mrs Coote said they had raised around $20,000 for the trust.

All of the money raises goes directly towards helping local patients and their families. On behalf of the trust Mrs Coote thanked everyone who had shown their support, saying: "We couldn't have done it without you."

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