‘Think Pink’ raises over $5000



A riot of colour, fun and fund raising has generated well over $5000 for the Franklin Breast Cancer Support Group after a function at Waiuku’s Barb’s Bar and Diner.
The ‘Think Pink’ day, saw a large crowd of men, women and families, enjoy a pink-themed event which included body painting by Waiuku artist Cherie Meerlo. Seven locals underwent the painterly transformation, including 36-year-old Tomai Hira, who has undergone a double mastectomy.
Barb’s Bar owner Barbara Wilkinson said the event was ‘just amazing’ and she paid tribute to the many volunteers who helped out and supported, as well as the many local businesses who donated raffle items.
“Cherie (Meerlo) was incredible,” Barb said; “she started painting people at 8am and she was still going after five!”
Music was provided by ‘The Ease Band’, from Manurewa, who are both teachers at Homai College, and both are blind. One of the highlights of the fundraising was the auction for a four-course dinner for six people, with the Bar supplying food and chef Geordy Booth. Bidding quickly escalated
and closed at a stunning $1700.
MCs for the evening, Warwick Sherrard and Rob Bettis kept the crowd entertained, and planning is already underway to make next year’s event even bigger and brighter.
Above: Body paint model Kassy Anderson has thefinal touches applied by Cherie Meerlo.

Above: Body paint model Kassy Anderson has thefinal touches applied by Cherie Meerlo.

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