NETcon staff raised $5000 for the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation with their 2013 calendar.
Pin-ups raise dough for breast cancer
Living a double life as a pin-up boy has its advantages - ask the blokes at NETcon. Staff from the Timaru lines company have raised $8000 from their first fundraising calendar, which they posed for, marketed and sold.
Their efforts were in support of the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. They raised $8000 from the sale of 1000 calendars. However, $3000 had to be taken from that figure to pay for expenses, project co-ordinator and line mechanic Scott Tweedie said.
NETcon, which has 70 employees, provides installation and maintenance of aerial and underground power distribution systems. Now staff can add "fundraising extraordinaire" to their list of expertise. The group launched their fundraising initiative in September last year.
However, modelling for the cause was not exclusive to staff. One staff member modelled with his daughter for a Father's Day theme and another posed alongside his mum for Mother's Day. Mr Tweedie was impressed by the project's success, which came mainly from selling the calendars on foot.
The project was an eye opener, he said. "What surprised me was the amount of people that are affected by [breast cancer]." However, a small minority of people were not in support of the group's efforts, he said. "Some people were really against it - they had lost people and didn't want to have anything to do with it. It was certainly interesting how people deal with it."
South Canterbury Cancer Society manager Gabrielle Hall accepted the $5000 cheque from the group yesterday.