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Drag queens join Canteen campaign

Mon 9 Oct 2006 In: New Zealand Daily News

Kiwi drag icon Miss Ribena has joined her friends on billboards, posters and TV screens throughout New Zealand, as Canteen's new Bandanna Week campaign kicks off. Miss Ribena tells she's thrilled to do what she can to support such a worthy cause. “They wanted five drag queens – me, Miss Ford, Miss Kola, Judy Chicago, and Petra Hobanger, representing a good cross-section of the drag community.” Next week is Bandanna week - CanTeen's main fundraising activity of the year. The concept of using bandannas as a symbol originated from their members who wear them after losing their hair while undergoing cancer treatment. CanTeen was established to ensure that no young person in New Zealand living with cancer should ever have to feel alone. The charity supports young people aged 13-24 living with cancer, providing peer support, fun and information for these young people through a calendar of programmes, training courses and events. As a non-profit charity, CanTeen is reliant on public support so that it may continue to support, develop and empower those affected by cancer. Miss Ribena is hosting a special bandanna night at Family on Auckland's K' Road, on Wednesday 18 October 2006. Bandannas will be available for $4 each on the night, and all five drag queens from the CanTeen campaign will perform on stage.     Ref: (m)

Credit: News Staff

First published: Monday, 9th October 2006 - 12:00pm

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