Fighting cancer one tutu at a time

Swan. Saddle River, New Jersey. Copyright Bob Carey

“After years of talking about the project, it’s really happening—and we’re tickled pink.” Bob Carey 2013

What started out as a “lark” has turned into a very successful opportunity to help and support cancer patients and their families in a worldwide venture.

This quote from their website makes you giggle and want to find out more at the same time.

“The Tutu Project™ began in 2003 as a lark. I mean, really, think of it. Me photographing myself in a pink tutu, how crazy is that?” Bob Carey.

Bob Carey’s career nearly took a different route but fate had plans for this gentle caring soul.

“My passion for photography started after a skateboard injury. Once healed, I bought a camera and started taking pictures of my skater friends.”

Bob studied photography in college and assisted the top photographers in Phoenix.  He continued working with these photographers after graduation.

“I eventually opened my own studio.  We didn’t plan it but Linda started working with me at that time and helped build our business. We’ve been working together for over 20 years.”

Linda adds “March 17 1986 was our first date and we have been together ever since.”

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Taranaki Dragons support NZ Breast Cancer

Taranaki Dragon Boating Team in full costume for Breast Cancer Pink for a Day. Photo : Sharyn Smart – Smart Shots by Sharyn


Waitara residents were treated to a pink spectacular as members of the Taranaki Dragons supported Pink for a Day Pink October.

About 35 people supported the event held at their club rooms at the Waitara boat ramp by dressing up in pink costumes with prizes awarded for their efforts.

Founding member Kathleen Moriarity attended a Breast Cancer Conference in 2007along with a friend where they discovered dragon boating and brought the idea back to Waitara.

“I guess I was one of the ones that started Taranaki Dragons.  I am chuffed that it is still going.  We have had a wonderful turn out today and are always looking for new paddlers.

“We have done a pink paddle for quite a few years now.  The main aim is to get more awareness out there in the community of what we do, as well as raise some money for the Breast Cancer Foundation.”

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