Raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness Month are (from
left) Marice Whelen, Dan McKay, Ben Sexton, Jason Medina,
Jake Lawrence and Oliver Ryrie. Photo by Christina McDonald
Giggling women slipped notes instead of the usual
shrapnel into collection buckets on Friday.
Seven shirtless men made coffee, operated the cash register
and greeted customers at the Post Office Cafe from 3pm to
5pm, with customers donating generously to Breast Cancer
Wai Dining Group co-owner-director Jan Rae said the promotion
was part of the "Chefs love Breasts" campaign led by the New
Zealand Chefs Association to support Breast Cancer Awareness
The men, staff across Wai Dining Group's four eateries or
friends of staff, needed little persuading to lose their
shirts despite the cold, Ms Rae said.
She was certain customers, had been donating more because of
the lack of shirts and said she had to bring some of the men
off the street-side.
"There was a little bit of a traffic jam out there at one
"[People had] their horns tooting."
Other restaurants in New Zealand had held "pink dinners", Ms
Rae said, but she believed the shirtless working promotion
was unique within the Chefs Love Breasts campaign.
Wai would match money raised dollar for dollar.