Despite quakes Christchurch TOP 10 leads NZ Holiday Park breast cancer research fund-raising challenge

July 27, 2011
Despite quakes Christchurch TOP 10 leads NZ Holiday Park breast cancer research fund-raising challenge

Accomnews.co.nz reports that a fund-raising challenge to New Zealand holiday parks has resulted in more than $100,000 being raised for breast cancer research. In an outstanding effort despite the city's earthquake tragedy Christchurch TOP 10 Holiday Park, raised $2110 and more than doubled the fund raising target for each park. The Holiday Park is only 5km fromChristchurch CBD.

Fifty-four holiday parks from aroundNew Zealandtook part in The Holiday Parks Challenge, launched a year ago by the Holiday Accommodation Parks Association (HAPNZ) in support of the Breast Cancer Research Trust. Each park was challenged to raise at least $1000 for the charity.

Parks used a wide variety of energetic and innovative ways to raise the funds, from fun runs and Tupperware parties, to quickfire raffles for visitors and competitions. One park invited guests to fill the cups of a bra with donations.

Overall the result was more than $80,000 was raised.

A feature of the challenge was the use of a vintage caravan that was refurbished by leading creative fashion designer Trelise Cooper. Trelise is the patron of the Breast Cancer Research Trust. After being used to promote the Holiday Parks Challenge around the country, it was sold, adding an additional $16,000 to the fundraising effort.

A fund-raising auction and dinner at the annual Holiday Parks Conference in Wellington on July 6 and 7 raised a further $26,600 for breast cancer research.

We are delighted with the holiday parks response to the challenge, HAPNZ Chief Executive Fergus Brown said. This is a fantastic result, especially given the challenging trading conditions many of our operators have faced in the past year.

We are delighted to be able to support this worthy charity. Families are important to the holiday park sector and breast cancer can affect our wives, mothers, sisters and daughters. We will do anything we can to help in the search for a cure.

Speaking at the 2011 Holiday Parks Conference in Wellington, Breast Cancer Research Trust Chief Executive Tony Moffatt said the Holiday Parks Challenge was a huge boost to the search for a cure for breast cancer.

Working with the holiday park sector over the past year has really raised our profile and we look forward to continuing our association with them. They are making a difference.

Indoor  pool Christchurch TOP 10 Holiday Park
Indoor pool Christchurch TOP 10 Holiday Park
Kiwi Ingenuity produced this vintage caravan breast cancer fund-raiser.
Kiwi Ingenuity produced this vintage caravan breast cancer fund-raiser.
HAPNZ CEO Fergus Brown presents camping opportunities
HAPNZ CEO Fergus Brown presents camping opportunities
Trelise Cooper designer touch at Hamilton camping and motorhome show
Trelise Cooper designer touch at Hamilton camping and motorhome show
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