Cancer workshops tour NZ in shipping container

  • 30/11/2015

Cancer charity Look Good Feel Better will be travelling the country offering workshops to cancer patients in regions that haven't been reached before, with the help of a modified shipping container.

The 12-metre container will include couches, tables and chairs, storage and mirrors.

The Kiwi charity provides free workshops for people with any type of cancer, and aims to give advice surrounding the physical and emotional effects of therapy.

"We sometimes struggle to find suitable venues to do our classes, or set classes up in areas without trained tutors or volunteers, but with the container fitted out just the way we want it, it provides the perfect environment for people to come in, relax, and take part in the classes," says Look Good Feel Better general manager Clare O'Higgins.

The container will begin its road trip in the South Island in late February, before finishing in Auckland for a month in July next year.

It was launched at a night-time half marathon at Auckland Domain that drew thousands over the weekend, fundraising for cancer research and services.

"The ability to get closer to communities not currently able to run classes in the region is very special," says Ms O'Higgins.

The charity expects to host more than 300 workshops next year. It says every day 60 Kiwis will learn they have cancer.

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