On the Move!
Charity’s shipping container road trip reaches all corners of the country!
4,564 kilometres travelled, 84 days on the road, 21 towns visited, 420 people through the door, 60 volunteers, 59 lipsticks, and 42 eye liner pencils.
Cancer charity Look Good Feel Better’s three-month road trip around New Zealand in a 40 foot modified shipping container sure notched up some impressive statistics.
The charity, which provides free “Feel Better” classes for people living with cancer, travelled from Timaru to Kerikeri (and many places in between) doing makeovers in the mobile workshop container.
Starting in Timaru during April, the Look Good Feel Better On the Move container called at 21 towns and ended up back in Auckland in July for Feel Better Month, the charities annual appeal month.
LGFB General Manager Clare O’Higgins says while LGFB’s classes have been going for more than a decade the portable container has allowed the charity to go to communities that it previously has not been able to get to.
“The On the Move container has been a fantastic success for us this year. It’s given us a unique space that we can call our own, but more importantly it’s given us the ability to travel to places we couldn’t get to in the past.
“Both our participants and volunteers have loved the experience, and it has produced some great experiences for some very deserving women,” she says.
The Look Good Feel Better On the Move container was made possible by a group of businesses coming together to help get it on the road, including shipping container specialists Royal Wolf, Mazda NZ, BP, Sistema Plastics, Farmers and Mitre 10.
A number of transport companies – PBT, Pacifica Shipping, Brosnan Transport Ltd, Mackleys, Bluebridge, Renwick Transport, 4D Groupe and Top Tranz – also joined together to get the container from town to town for free. PBT did the majority of the transportation, doing 14 legs of the road trip and dropping the container into 13 towns across the North Island.
“They’ve been angels, all of them,” says O’Higgins. “Our aim this year was to make sure that no participant had to travel more than 30 minutes to get to a class – and we were able to do that because of the container.
“The success of the On the Move campaign, and our fundraising efforts in general this year, shows what can be achieved when a strong group of people and organisations come together to do something great for deserving people.”
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About Look Good Feel Better
The demand for Look Good Feel Better’s life-enhancing workshops is at its highest, as every day 60 Kiwis will learn they have cancer – making the need for their non-medical services even more vital.
The national charity provides free workshops for people with any type of cancer as they manage the gruelling side-effects of their treatment.
Look Good Feel Better’s General Manager, Clare O’Higgins, says last year, Look Good Feel Better held over 250 classes in 33 locations throughout New Zealand.
“In 2016 with the help of LGFB On the Move, the charity will host over 300 workshops nationwide. Our aim is to provide enough local workshops so no participant has to travel more than 30 minutes to attend a session that significantly increases positivity and brings back their laughter and smiles.”