Calendar Girls' raises funds

RACHEL ASKEW
Last updated 13:14 03/04/2014
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Incoming president and director of Calendar Girls Ngaire Taylor presents the cheque to representatives of the Clutha Health First Palliative Care Fund, Rhonda Munro, left, and Carolyn Upston, right.

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The South Otago Theatrical Society president was delighted to hand over a cheque for $3400 to representatives from the Clutha Health First Palliative Care Fund at its annual meeting.

The money was raised from the society's production of Calendar Girls and director, and incoming president, Ngaire Taylor said it was "lovely" to see the look of surprise on recipients' faces because they had not been told how much they were getting.

Calendar Girls tells the true story of a branch of Britain's Women's Institute which published a nude calendar to raise funds for cancer research, after the death of one member's husband.

The South Otago cast posed for their own version of the calendar, which went on sale when the show opened.

The society was able to raise that amount because of the "fabulous" public support of the show, photographer Richard Schofield who donated his time and the 12 calendar sponsors which covered the entire production costs, she said.

Taylor described the money raised as a "community gift" and was pleased the funds were going to the palliative care team, which did "great work in a time of dire need".

Two members of the society were also made honorary life members, Colleen Christie and Wayne Reichel.

Christie joined the group in 1969 as a member of the chorus for South Pacific and while she was soon to retire as head of wardrobe, she had filled numerous positions within the society, including the lead role in Salad Days and as a member of the main committee.

Reichel began his long involvement with the society as a stage crew member for "Annie" in 1985.

Since then he had filled many roles behind the scenes including stage manager, set construction and production manager. He was also president twice.

He had also offered the skills to the wider community by doing lighting and sound for the many school productions, dance concerts and artist groups that use the Balclutha War Memorial Hall - to which he was the unofficial stage technician.

 

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- The Southland Times

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