Sunday, August 2, 2009

Men take to heels in name of charity

Sun, 02 Aug 2009 3:44p.m.
Teams of Auckland hospitality workers switched their aprons for heels and wigs to race along Sale Street to raise money for Kids Can today. The race, called a Heel-A-Thon, was to raise money for the up-coming Kids Can Telethon Big Night In.

It saw the men strap on some heels, and in many cases, wigs and dresses, while the women donned their favourite heels to try outrun other competitors in the 50 metre run.

Eighteen teams from the hospitality industry entered the event at a cost of $250 each, which goes to the charity.

Teams from wineries, venues and food and beverage suppliers took part.

There was a higher turn-out of men in the race and many took the opportunity to dress in drag, including Cam Timmins from The Village in Remuera.

Mr Timmins worn a blonde wig, fake breasts, pink singlet and leopard print skirt, along with pink lipstick.

He said he decided to take part because he thought it was a good opportunity for hospitality to give back to the community and help children who are going to school hungry.

He also developed some empathy for women who wear heels. "I don't know how you girls do it," he said.

Luke Dallow, owner of the Sale Street bar, which organised the event, said it was his chance to give back to the community because "as a bar, we take a lot".