Playing the right tune for a wonderful cause

By ANN-MARIE BEATTIE

LIKE so many of Coffs Coast's residents, Warren Skinner has been personally affected by breast cancer.

The dealer principal of Coffs Harbour Toyota watched his mother suffer from the disease for 15 years before it took her life in 1987.

It is because of this he is happy to do whatever he can to help others affected by the disease including parting with his Lee Kernaghan-signed Fender guitar.

Handing the guitar over to the Titivators Dragon Boat Team to raffle off, Mr Skinner hoped it would strum up $5000 in funds for the region's breast-cancer survivors group.

"When Mum was sick there weren't the support groups that there are now, so she would have felt very alone," Mr Skinner said.

"I think Titivators are a great group, keeping spirits up when faced with this diagnosis."

The Titivators was first started in 2005 to show women who have had breast cancer that there was life after the disease, as well as providing prevention for the cancer-complication lymphedema.

By paddling regularly (training twice a week on the Kalang River at Urunga) not one survivor in Titivators dragon boating has become afflicted with lymphedema.

"We are healthy and fit, we laugh, we love and we support one another and anyone else that has had cancer," member Maureen Shaw said.

Launching the fundraiser at the Promenade Cocktail Party on Friday, the Titivators will continue to sell tickets to win the guitar until Australia Day.

At $5 each, tickets can be purchased from Coffs Harbour Toyota or through Titivators by calling Maureen Shaw on 6651 8105 or 0418 447 330.



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