Linemen pose in cancer drive

Calendar will be 'not just real sexy-looking guys'

ALEXIA JOHNSTON
Last updated 05:00 09/10/2012
Scott Tweedie
JOHN BISSET/Fairfax NZ
POWER POSING: Netcon line mechanic Scott Tweedie has launched a ‘‘Men of Netcon’’ calendar to raise money for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

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Netcon's men are lining up for a shot at modelling.

Staff from the Timaru lines company have climbed down from their power poles to shoot their first fundraising calendar in support of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Their project aims to raise breast cancer awareness, while also encouraging all women in their lives to get regular checks.

Netcon, which has 70 employees, provides installation and maintenance of aerial and underground power distribution systems. Now staff are hoping to add "fundraising extraordinaire" to their list of expertise.

Project co-ordinator and line mechanic Scott Tweedie said group and individual poses graced the calendar, but the photo shoot was not exclusive to staff.

One staff member models with his daughter for a Father's Day theme and another poses alongside his mum for Mother's Day.

"So it's not just real sexy-looking guys every single month."

Mr Tweedie, who has had 1300 of the calendars printed, hopes to raise $10,000. He will give all proceeds to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. "If they sell out I want to print some more so I can make as much as I can."

He said he came up with the idea after realising how many people were affected by breast cancer. His aim was to get more people talking about it.

"People should be encouraging the women in their lives to be going and getting these (checks) done."

The calendars can be bought online at www.netcon.co.nz

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- The Timaru Herald

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