Speaker Meeting 19th February 2018

Emma Stevens - The Naked Huntress - The Making of a Charity Calendar
Raising funds for the fight against Pancreatic Cancer

On Monday 19th February, Emma Stevens from "Hunters Odyssey" gave an informative talk and presentation to the members of the Rotary Club of Church Wilne on the making of a charity calendar.

Emma spoke in detail about the "The Naked Hunters Calendar 2018" and their own charity which was set up 5 years ago by Maggie Blanks with the sole aim of raising money for Pancreatic Cancer research.

This form of Cancer is very difficult to detect and is often at the second stage when it is found and survival rate is very low. Several leading Universities throughout the UK are continually looking to find an early way to diagnose the disease.

Emma "shooting" the calendar.

Emma working one of her dogs.

The group set up their charity calendar 5 years ago and whilst they have a limited print run they still managed to raise over £5,000 for their 2018 calendar. Emma showed examples of several 2018 calendar models along with them in their daily life. The photographs, taken by Mark who also produces the calendar, and has had a lifetime in photography are taken at various stages throughout the year. Emma said she did November in her first year and it was cold but for 2018 she was promoted to June.

The models in life enjoy country sports, horse riding, a variety of shoots, and many take their dogs daily on long country walks.

Emma is recently married and several of her wedding photographs were shown, all were of a shooting theme, but had nothing to do with a shot gun wedding!

Emma is a 24 year old business owner based in Castle Donington. She runs her own dog training company called Cunningshot Dog Training focusing mainly on gundog breeds. She clay shot for her University and now game shoot, pest control and work my dogs. She has been taking part in the calendar for two years now and this year it has meant more to me than ever as she lost her grandad to pancreatic cancer.

Waiting for the right conditions.

Emma and her dogs thankful she is not "working" today.

There were just 4 calendars unsold and these were snapped up by members and that along with the Sergeant at Arms collection ensured the club was able to forward a donation to the charity of £195.15

You can read more about the work of The Pancreatic Research Fund at http://www.pcrf.org.uk/ or see more about the calendar at http://www.nakedhuntress.com/.

Barry Woodhead in thanking Emma for her talk said "Pancreatic Cancer is very real and it affects so many, more funds are needed for research so that it can be detected before the second stage. Your calendar has been produced to a high quality and is not unlike the original WI Calendar Girls".

For more information on Rotary, our speaker evenings, events and the main activities organised by our club please contact Rotarian Nigel Roberts at: rccw1220@gmail.com

Ray Terry
For the Rotary Club of Church Wilne

5th February 2018


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