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Skycity Hamilton Turns It On For Charity

19 August 2004

Skycity Hamilton Turns It On For Gallagher Boathouse 8s Charity

SKYCITY Hamilton will be lit pink every night from 30 August – 4 September in support of The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation, which was announced last week as the Gallagher Boathouse 8s 2004 recipient charity. SKYCITY Hamilton General Manager Operations, Phil Keber says that SKYCITY Hamilton is delighted that The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation has been selected as the event’s official charity for 2004.

“We are pleased that proceeds collected on the day, at this year’s Gallagher Boathouse 8s’ Great Race, will be donated to the foundation, as SKYCITY has had a long term association with this charity.

“We urge people to remember to bring a gold coin and give generously to The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation’s official collectors, who will be out on the riverbank collecting for the charity on race day. The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation is a charitable trust that aims to educate all New Zealand women about breast cancer and the importance of early detection. Funds raised from the Gallagher Boathouse 8s will go towards supporting the foundation’s nationwide community education and awareness activities as well as initiatives within the vital field of breast cancer research.

Helen Mawn, Manager of The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation said the foundation is thrilled to have been selected as the Gallagher Boathouse 8s official charity. “We are very pleased to be associated with this fabulous event and really appreciate the efforts of the organisers and race sponsors in raising the awareness of the very important Breast Awareness message. One in ten women in New Zealand is diagnosed with Breast Cancer each year and the proceeds raised from this year’s Great Race will go a long way to helping us combat this terrible disease, through education and research,” said Ms Mawn.

SKYCITY has supported the Foundation in its endeavours since 2000, and, for the past four years, Sky Tower in Auckland has been lit pink in support of International Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. SKYCITY Hamilton 346 Victoria St PO Box 954 Hamilton New Zealand Ph +64 (0)7 834 4900 Fax +64 (0)7 834 4901 www.skycityhamilton.co.nz 2 | 2 Last year SKYCITY Hamilton and the Riverside Entertainment Centre, which opened in September 2002, joined in support of the campaign, with the complex lit pink and staff donning pink ribbons, the official colour and symbol of The New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation. SKYCITY Hamilton staff will again wear pink ribbons this year in support of the Great Race official charity.

As the event’s Entertainment Sponsor for the second consecutive year, SKYCITY will be providing entertainment at the much-anticipated annual event from 12 noon on Saturday 4 September, with its ‘SKYCITY Hamilton Great Race Great Concert’, a free concert on the riverbank. Stars of the show will include popular entertainers, Jackie Clarke, Chris Powley and friends, performing ‘ABBAlicious’- a collection of ABBA’s greatest hits. SKYCITY Hamilton is also set to be the great ‘Post Race Party venue’ offering the chance to mix and mingle with the Waikato and Cambridge University crews, in the Number Eight Bar from 7.30pm.

Adding to the day’s entertainment will be Happy Hour in the bar (7.30pm – 8.30pm), the chance to win a ‘Stay and Play’ package at the Novotel and SKYCITY Hamilton, and free entertainment by the ‘Tall Poppies’ from 9.30pm. SKYCITY Hamilton hosted, at its new function centre, the official Gallagher Boathouse 8s launch on 9 August and will host the event sponsors’ dinner on Friday 27 August.

ENDS


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