Franklin ladies braved a chilly afternoon to take their tops off to help raise funds for cancer research.
With their latest play, Calendar Girls, about to hit the stage, the ladies at the Onewhero Society of Performing Arts have been inspired to produce a calendar of their own which follows a similar storyline to their performance.
On Saturday 13 May participants from all over Franklin arrived for the nude audience photo that will feature in the calendar to raise funds for cancer research.
Donations towards the printing costs have come from as far away as Whangarei. Simply put by one donor: ‘the Arts are great and cancer sucks.’
Inspiration for this calendar came from the true story of a group of women who lost a loved one to cancer, and decided to do a calendar to raise money for a new settee for the relatives’ room in the local hospital’s cancer ward. The Calendar was so successful
they made a very popular movie about it.
“So many of our cast and the community have been touched by cancer in some way,” said Jolene Rodley, Director of Calendar Girls, “and if producing this calendar helps towards fighting this disease, then it’s something that I can positively contribute towards, often when it comes to cancer, you can feel so helpless and at its mercy.”
“The cast are having an absolute blast, and doing the calendar in conjunction with rehearsing the play has really brought home what the original women of the play were going through when they decided to do a calendar,” says Jolene.
The play opens on Friday 9 June, and tickets can be purchased from the Goodness Grocer in Pukekohe. Calendars can be purchased during the performances, or pre-ordered by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They will also be available at Serenity Natural Products in Tuakau.
CAPTION: This photograph will feature in the calendar, organised by Onewhero’s very own calendar girls, which will help raise funds for cancer research.