Trelise Cooper, our Patron standing in front of the restored caravan. Trelise kindly donated her time to designing the interior and exterior.
Read below the story behind the Breast Cancer Research Trust and Trelise Cooper’s journey to restoring a piece of kiwi history.
The caravan is part of our kiwi history and is an iconic part of the summer holiday. We thought it was time to tip our hats to restoring the kiwi classic as a fundraising vehicle. The first step in our journey was to find a retro body to work with and the search turned up this little beauty kindly donated to us by James Keane from Beachlands, Auckland.
The next step was to convince Steve and the team at Moselle Panel & Paint in Henderson that restoring the caravan was a good idea. Steve has contributed greatly to the Trust over the past three years, so of course he said yes!
Trelise Cooper lending her unique talents to this project by designing the exterior and interior was also a natural choice. So our journey of creating the ultimate kiwi caravan classic was underway.
Holiday Parks Association NZ spotted the caravan in our monthly e-newsletter and the relationship has prospered since into many of the 300 parks around New Zealand taking up the Breast Cancer Research Trust’s $1000 Challenge fundraising initiative, in order to help find a cure for breast cancer. With each Park aiming to raise at least $1000, HAPNZ are hoping to reach over $300,000 to assist in the funding of critical research.
Many of the Holiday Parks across the country will host the restored caravan across the summer months - starting with the Bay of Islands Holiday Park on the 28th December, and finishing in Hamilton in time for the Campercare New Zealand Motorhome and Caravan Expo at Claudelands Showgrounds on the 3rd March.
View the fundraising activities of each Holiday Park here.
Follow the progress of this epic adventure to be there at the end when this piece of kiwiana is unveiled!
Progress as at 12 October 2010
Progress as at 22 October 2010
Progress as at 24 November 2010 - Our caravan gets it's first colour
29 November 2010 - 2nd Colour is applied
06 December 2010 - inside of the caravan ready for it's make-over
08 December 2010 - new lights and a bike!
20 December 2010 - we are almost there!
23 December 2010 - we are on the road.
The Breast Cancer Research Trust is very grateful to the following organisations, who have donated to the restoration of our caravan:
Levein Media Blasters who kindly sandblasted and epoxied the chassis and floor of the caravan.
Trail Com Limited who have donated the following items: levelling jacks, jockey wheel & tow hitch.
We would also like to pay special thanks to Cork Concepts who have kindly donated the flooring and the installation of the cork tiles. Visit Cork Concepts website.
Rode has kindly donated a bike to accompany the caravan on its journey around the caravan parks. Rode comprises of Tim Welch and Jason Waterhouse, two like-minded individuals who got together to create a bicycle store that was a bit different from all the rest around town. Visit Rode's website.
Pro Coat Auckland Ltd is a small family business specialising in performance coatings and powdercoating. Thanks to Tim and the team who took care of powder coating the bike that will travel around the Holiday Parks with the caravan.
Visit Pro Coat's website.
Thanks to Sharon Cross Interior Design for making the squabs. The squab fabric was kindly donated by Charles Parsons.
Visit Charles Parson's website.
Thanks to Andrea, Kushla and the team at Curtain Studio for making the curtains, providing the tracks and fitting out the caravan with the new look curtains.
Visit Curtain Studio's website.
Thanks also to AB Fabrics in Newmarket for donating the fabric for cushions.
Visit AB Fabric's webiste.
Thanks to Ruth Chilvers-Auger who kindly donated the red poka dot umbrella.
Thanks to Tom Comerford at Crombie Lockwood Insurance Brokers for arranging insurance for our fabulous caravan. Visit Crombie Lockwood's website.
Thanks to the team at Camper Care who have provided insurance. Camper Care provide insurance policies just for motorhomes campervan and caravan owners. For more information visit their website or phone 0800 965 965 or email email@example.com
We would like to thank RV & Motorhome Lifestyle magazine for featuring our fundraising restoration project in their magazine and for assisting us with contacts for donated parts. If any parks would like magazines please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Website link; www.rvmagazine.co.nz