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Silver Ferns star unveils gold medal

October 26, 2010

Silver Ferns star unveils gold medal for first time to local school

Gold medal winning Silver Fern Maria Tutaia will be stepping in to her role as a different kind of champion tomorrow when she visits St Thomas’s school in Kohimarama.

The CanTeen ambassador will be stopping by to give St Thomas’s students one of the first glimpses at her medal and checking on the progress of their sales for the CanTeen Bandanna Challenge, which runs until the end of this month.

Maria was the star performer in the neck-and-neck Commonwealth Games final earlier this month where she scored the winning goal against Australia.

The school has been selling the bandannas again this year for the Bandanna Challenge, which is CanTeen’s biggest annual fundraiser.

They were winners of a prize draw to win a visit from the netball legend.

At 9.30am tomorrow, students will first hear from Maria about her big win and her passion for CanTeen and later will have a chance to ask her their own questions of the star.

It is Maria’s third year as CanTeen ambassador and this year she also designed one of the bandannas which are still on sale around the country.

The bandanna is a symbol for CanTeen representing hope, courage and survival and came about because young people choose to wear one as a head covering when losing their hair from treatment.

Other 2010 designs are from ambassadors Dan Carter, Lisa Tamati , Federation Clothing, Paige Hareb and Scott Dixon. Designs have also come this year from CanTeen patient members Samuel Gwynn Aeronwy Cording and CanTeen bereaved sibling member Rachel Allan.

Volunteers from across New Zealand are selling the bandannas, which can be bought for $4 from PAK’nSAVE, New World, Four Square, Farmers, BP, Repco, Burger King, Radius Pharmacy and ASB Bank outlets nationwide. Bandannas can also be bought online at


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