Brave women to bare it all

Bec Kolpondinos will feature in the 2018 So Brave calendar organised by fellow breast cancer survivor Rachelle Panitz, which raises money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Bec Kolpondinos will feature in the 2018 So Brave calendar organised by fellow breast cancer survivor Rachelle Panitz, which raises money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

PORT Lincoln’s Bec Kolpondinos and Coffin Bay’s Ana Ackland are getting ready to strip off to raise money for a cause close to their hearts.

The two breast cancer survivors will be featured in the 2018 So Brave calendar organised by fellow breast cancer survivor Rachelle Panitz, which raises money for the National Breast Cancer Foundation and raises awareness that young women get breast cancer too.

Mrs Kolpondinos said after learning the focus of this year’s calendar would be on women from regional areas, she and Mrs Ackland sent through information on themselves and were selected.

Mrs Kolpondinos will strip down to her underwear and be painted head to toe by Wendy Fantasia on Monday for the calendar photo shoot in or around Port Lincoln.

She said she was nervous about stripping down and expected the process to be an emotional one.

“I have no idea what the paint is going to look like, I think they like to to reflect the area so because we’re from a fishing area, it could have something to do with that,” she said.

“I think Ana gets painted on Tuesday and because she lives in Coffin Bay she will get her photo shoot there.”

To cover the cost of the photoshoot Mrs Kolpondinos and Mrs Ackland are holding a high tea fundraiser at the Port Lincoln Hotel on March 19. 

Mrs Kolpondinos said covering the cost of producing the calendar through fundraising or sponsorship meant all the proceeds from the calendar went to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.

There will be a silent auction, raffles and door prizes from items donated by local businesses and Mrs Kolpondinos said she and Mrs Ackland had already been amazed by the community’s generosity. 

Pre-sale tickets to the So Brave High Tea this Sunday, March 19 are $50 or $65 if purchased after March 17 or at the door. To purchase tickets contact Bec Kolpondinos on 0428 824 665. Tickets include a copy of the So Brave calendar, champagne and an elegant high tea. 

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