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When Marie van den Berg sees the word cancer she thinks of her best friend who died from the disease.

That's why she organised teachers at Pakuranga College to paint their nails pink for a small donation to the worthy cause.

Mrs van den Berg says that when she saw a TV commercial about the Pink Ribbon Breakfasts she knew she wanted to get involved.

"I always think of her when I see the word cancer; I think about my friend, though I realised there was no way I would be able to do the breakfast because there is just too many things going on."

But what sprung to Mrs van den Berg's mind was how much her friend enjoyed the small things that made her feel beautiful.

"Her hair fell out and her skin went white with the chemo and everything but she would love it if we would just go and paint her nails for her."

And so from May 27 to 31 the Pakuranga College teacher decided she would remember her friend with a unique show of pink - an array of nails painted in every shade from fuchsia to fandango.

"I thought that would be a good way to raise some funds, do something I'm passionate about and sort of just remember my friend in a special way."

At first she decided to do a small evening with manicures but the offer was soon stretched out to all the women at school.

During intervals a coat of polish was applied to many of the teachers' nails with a donation going towards the charity.

"It doesn't take a lot from me to do that and sometimes I think it is just the little things that count, we don't have to do big things to make life special to some people," Mrs van den Berg says.

"Already I'm thinking bigger picture.

"What can we do next year to make a little difference?" she says.

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