Ryann Reflections

A glimpse into the life of one anti-social stripper nerd.

Saturday, February 17, 2007

ED4C4 letter from Annie

Dear friends, family, and colleagues,

The Naked Truth presents the Fourth Annual Exotic Dancers for Cancer – a stripathon fundraiser – on March 4, 2007 from 4 p.m. to midnight at The Drake Showlounge, 606 Powell Street, Vancouver. Cost is $10 at the door. There will be a silent auction, door prizes, t-shirts for sale, and live exotic entertainment.

This year we made the news across Canada when the Breast Cancer Society of Canada (BCSC) declined our donation. We were disappointed they turned us down and really didn’t expect it since they accepted our donation wholeheartedly last year, being quoted in the news about how cancer does not discriminate. Our decision to go public with their decision to not accept our donation this year had more to do with finding a charity than exposing the organization. But what happened could not have been predicted!

News articles like this one prompted an overwhelming response from people touched by cancer.

Outraged community members from all over the world expressed their support for Exotic Dancers for Cancer and disgust at the treatment we had experienced. For us, it was par for the course. We’re used to having organizations turn us away. In fact, the BCSC had been the FIRST cancer organization WILLING to accept our donation.

Due to the incredible publicity, we had several cancer organizations come forward willing to accept our donation (including some who have declined us in the past) and many more non-cancer related organizations. We discussed our options as a community and chose Rethink Breast Cancer, a national, registered charity that focuses on women under 40 years of age through education about risk factors and early detection. They also provide training grants for innovate breast cancer researchers and have started funding support programs for young women with breast cancer.

Rethink www.rethinkbreastcancer.com seemed like a perfect fit because this event is in memory of Jocelyne, who was first diagnosed with Breast Cancer at age 34 and later died at the age of 40. They are also known for their edgier campaigns, including www.checkoutmybreasts.com.

Please join us for Exotic Dancers for Cancer on March 4, at the Drake. Partial proceeds will go to Rethink with the rest going to Lady Sable, a former exotic dancer who is fighting ovarian cancer for the second time.

We still need items for our silent auction – so please contact me at http://by118fd.bay118.hotmail.msn.com/cgi-bin/compose?curmbox=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000001&a=5ae447435e684aa35d0f30d039ed33118f37b19c59913098d59b60984f16cbcc&mailto=1&to=annie@nakedtruth.ca&msg=C996247C-89B7-4B44-9D51-76F2A4648F08&start=0&len=559282&src=&type=x if you can donate towards our fundraising efforts. In the meantime I will leave you with this short video – we’ve gotten permission to show it at our event http://aabc.org.uk/campaign/dancer.html

Hope to see you there! Please forward this email to others you know, and hang the attached poster at your place of work, if possible.

Love Trina aka Annie Temple

Letters from cancer charities found here:

Letters from non-cancer related charities found here:

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  • At 10:31 AM, Anonymous Gölök said…

    Oh Yes!!!!!!!!!
    You cut my commment out!
    Even you can't except all speach (notice even annonymous is allowed, I'd stop at other.)
    Oooh; now that's good, I hit a nerve, there
    is a limit to your tolerance.
    Don't pretend you are akay with an open forum, when you aren't.
    The removed comment is on usenet anyway (Bcc: list isn't). news:alt.sex.strip-clubs


    "[To My Fellow-Citizens of the United States of America
    I put the following work under your protection. It contains my opinion on religion.] You will do me justice to remember that I have always strenuously supported the right to his own opinion, however different that opinion may be to mine. He who denies another this right makes a slave of himself to his present opinion, because he precludes himself the right of changing it." -- Thomas Paine, The Age Of Reason.

  • At 6:31 PM, Blogger Ryann said…

    I never said I was an open forum, or that I'll allow anything to be said on my blog. comments trashing friends on mine will be deleted. Comments I decide are hateful, cruel, or irrelevant will be deleted.

    my blog. my rules.

  • At 7:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i think it's vile that cancer charities are using sexualised language www.checkoutmybreasts.com to create interest in this. who are they appealing to that is the question? is this a sick way to lure and trick misogynists into actually thinking/caring about breast cancer? well two words ... THEY DON'T!

    i'm not surprised though. peta do the same with their anti-fur campaigns.

    it makes me not take the charities seriously at all. it's a disgrace. i would rather die from breast cancer than pander to these twisted, hypocritical and pathetic charities.

  • At 11:24 PM, Anonymous Gölök Zoltán Buday said…

    Judging? Perhaps this is what you were saying judgementally, "how judgemental!"
    I didn't quite trash anyone.
    I imparted a point of view free for rebuttle, you obviously have none.
    I hate no one. Prove I hate!
    Hate only can be proven during criminal action, and you have to prove I was acting criminal.
    Remove Other and Annonymous if you are afraid of a point of view.
    Sorry not to be an ass kisser, well in a fascitious sense.
    Miss the point of the quote. Did you even read the whole context of the comment?

    "Freedom includes the right to say what others may object to and resent... The essence of citizenship is to be tolerant of strong and provocative words." - Prime Minister Diefenbaker, April 9, 1970, House of Commons.

  • At 11:28 PM, Anonymous Gölök Z. L. F. Buday said…

    PS Oh at least I am not hiding my ident as annonymous. -- Gölök Zoltán Buday
    PPS I can tolerate your disagreement with my statement, you can't tolerate my disagreement with an organization among some people; or over a politicized fashionable disease? Isn't hateful to be intolerant?

  • At 2:30 PM, Anonymous Annie said…

    Hi Ryann,

    I didn't get to read whatever was deleted, but I'm not concerned about what people like these think of me. People who spread miserable energy are miserable people. I spread positive energy and love life. I actually feel sorry for people whose lives revolve around attacking others. There is no shortage in the world of ignorant, judgmental people. They are also the most insecure, angry, and self-absorbed people. But there are always the shining examples of love and tolerance out there. Those are the people I choose to surround myself with. And the others, well, I don't need to counterattack, because living their own miserable lives is punishment enough.


  • At 6:59 AM, Anonymous Gölök said…

    At least I can respect your attitude there Mz. Temple. But what is positive about a brush stroke calling Strippers equivallent to Porn Stars and Hookers (paid for sex not erotic display) as sex workers. At most a dancer is a sensual humanity, with some athletics (thinking and moving at the same time) added in.


    Gölök Zoltán Buday
    "We are not afraid to follow the truth where ever it may lead, nor [afraid]
    to tolerate any error so long as reason is left free to combat it." -- Thomas


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