Page 2760 - Week 07 - Tuesday, 28 June 2011

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or hair gear. The idea evolved to do four things—firstly, to involve the community in making great headgear that would give comfort, joy and happiness to the wearer; secondly, to give those who participate an opportunity to contribute something tangible; thirdly, to raise the awareness of Bosom Buddies ACT across the community, and what it does and how it helps those undergoing treatment, to extend the Bosom Buddies message to the community; and fourthly, to raise much-needed funds to help Bosom Buddies ACT and its volunteers to continue to work with people with breast cancer and their families and supporters.

In this second year it was agreed that Bosom Buddies would expand the idea, so they came up with the idea of having Bosom Buddies ambassadors who would lend their support to the hat competition and take up the challenge of decorating a hat that would then be auctioned off in September. The ambassadors for this year are Annette Ellis—I would like to recognise her great support of Bosom Buddies—Gai Brodtmann MP, Alex Sloan from 666, John and Pauline Runko of the Independent Property Group, and me.

The competition calls on everybody to create a hat to help local women with breast cancer and invites all Canberrans to make something that is comfortable for people to wear. There are entry levels for students, novices and professionals. I think I would be at the novice end. And there are three categories. There is fun, humorous and whimsical; there is funky, edgy and sporty—that would be your category, I am sure, Minister Barr.

Mr Barr: All of the above.

MR HANSON: All of the above. And, thirdly, there is fashion and stylish, which would certainly befit Mr Coe.

The hat can be decorated, knitted, felted, sewn or woven, but it must be comfortable to wear, in consideration for those who have lost their hair. The entries close on 12 September, and awards will be announced at the handmade market event on 1 and 2 October.

I did not bring down with me the hat that I am required to decorate, because props are not allowed; but those of you who are in receipt of my newsletter will note that it is one of the lead items, and there is a photo of the said hat that I will be decorating. Should any of the members here have any suggestions as to how I could decorate the hat, that would be greatly appreciated. The hats will be judged by a panel of judges and—

Mr Barr interjecting—

MR SPEAKER: Thank you, Mr Barr; that is enough.

MR HANSON: The awards will be for the most imaginative and comfortable headwear in each of the three categories. They will receive a Bosom Buddies ACT award. It is very doubtful that I will be receiving that award, despite my best efforts. The judges will be Penny Boyer, Education Manager, Creative Industries Centre, CIT; Cynthia Bryson, who is an eminent Canberra milliner and a teacher at CIT; and Sue

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